Traffic no more thorn in the side

2015-11-24 06:00

A new traffic plan is on the cards for Thornhill Road, after a proposal to convert the street to allow only one-way traffic.

Residents in the area raised concerns regarding the current on-street parking on both sides of the roadway making it difficult for two vehicles to pass one another simultaneously, explains mayoral committee member for transport Brett Herron.

Officials from the City of Cape Town subsequently conducted an investigation into the current conditions, including vehicle movement, parking behaviour (on and off-street) as well as pedestrian facilities.

“It is recommended that the section of Upper Portswood Road/Thornhill Road, bordered by Cavalcade Road, is converted into a one-way road in the southern and western direction from the intersection of Cavalcade and Upper Portswood roads towards Thornhill and Cavalcade roads, transferring traffic from Somerset Main Road to High Level Road,” he says.

This conversion will provide road users with access to alternative road links via High Level Road, York Road or Somerset Main Road and is expected to eliminate the sight distance problems currently experienced at the intersection of Upper Portswood and Cavalcade roads, Herron says.

“It will also improve vehicle movement in the vicinity of the residential area, as well as further along Thornhill and Upper Portswood Roads thanks to the elimination of two-way vehicular flow. In addition, it will improve the safety of motorists wanting to enter or exit their respective driveways since they will be required to observe for oncoming vehicles from one direction only,” he says.

Green Point Ratepayers’ Association chairperson Jenny McQueen says Thornhill Road has always been a rather narrow road, especially when cars are parked on either side of the road.

“It is impossible for two-way traffic. With the new development of a block of flats I guess there will also be increased traffic in the area. But it makes logical sense for traffic from Reddam to turn left as they exit Reddam and go down to the Main Road via York Road. They then drive around to Upper Portswood, up Thornhill and back up into Cavalcade at the top to access High Level Road. I think it will make for a much safer and smoother trip,” she says.

“Obviously there will be some residents of Thornhill Road who will be inconvenienced by having to drive around but I think they will eventually agree that it will be much safer.”V Comment, input or recommendations can be submitted by 30 November via fax to 086 576 1644, e-mail to or

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