Traffic woes

2018-04-03 06:02

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The Lynfrae community in Claremont is reportedly in dire need of traffic calming measures as reckless driving is worsening­.

Residents say moving in and out of the community during peak hours has become a pain as motorists, usually driving past the community, have proven to be negligent­.

They reportedly cross over red traffic lights, speed and make use of private driveways belonging to the nearby properties.

The most problematic area that reportedly needs intervention is said to be the intersection of Queen Victoria and Belvedere roads.

At a recent meeting, residents reportedly appealed to the City of Cape Town to implement speed humps along the road and to deploy traffic officers to monitor the situation during peak hours.

Ward councillor Sharon Cottle says Queen Victoria Road and Rosmead Avenue have been indicated as the key areas.

She says she is aware that the traffic problem has been ongoing for some time now and it has been addressed with the City.

Meanwhile, Alan Jackson, a resident, says that although most of the community members agree on the implementation of speed humps and other traffic calming measures, he would like to warn that those are dangerous measures in open busy roads like these.

He says that what the community needs is greater traffic officer visibility.

“We have tried to address the issue with the City and requested more police visibility, but we have been told many times that they do not have enough traffic officials,” Jackson says. “I am afraid that implementing humps would result in a rise in accidents, as the slope of the road is not suitable for those measures.”

Brett Herron, the City’s Mayco member for transport and urban development, says speeding is an issue throughout the Cape Town metropolitan area.

The City currently uses an area’s land use activity and crash history as a guide to deciding which areas are most in need of attention. He says Queen Victoria Road was previously assessed in terms of the City’s Traffic Calming Policy and it is a Class 4 collector, distributor, public transport and emergency route that serves as a vital link between Belvedere Road (M28) and Palmyra Road (M57), which are Class 3 secondary arterials­.

“The road reserve is approximately 9m wide with a travelled way of 6m wide and kerbed, surfaced footways along its length. The sight distances are adequate and all-way stop controls were implemented strategically at Franklin, Cook and Parry roads to regulate traffic flow. The City’s Traffic Calming Policy aims to protect the most vulnerable road users, with roads adjacent to and leading to schools being the primary focus of attention­.

“A systematic programme is in place for the upgrade of all road infrastructure located near educational facilities over the next few years as a priority. The programme will not permit the Transport Network Development budget to be used for calming measures at other locations.”

Herron says the regulation of traffic in this area would be best achieved along this roadway through effective law enforcement.

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