City of Cape Town proposes R800m transport infrastructure project for Wynberg

11 February 2019

The City of Cape Town’s portfolio
committee for transport on Friday
morning approved a project for the
further roll-out of the MyCiTi bus service in the
greater Wynberg area, which if given council approval, will see new infrastructure investment
of around R800-million.

The two proposed transport routes
form part of the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service which will
connect commuters from the Metro South-east with Wynberg and Claremont.

“The roll-out of the MyCiTi service will
transform Wynberg. Firstly, the service will
provide much-needed scheduled public transport for those
commuting between Wynberg and the Metro South-east. The service will
integrate with the rail stations in this area so
that commuters can easily change from one mode of public transport to
another, and it will also improve facilities for pedestrians,” said the City’s
mayoral committee member for transport, Felicity Purchase.

She said one of the added benefits associated with
the roll-out of the MyCiTi service was the
opportunity to provide critical missing road links that would
relieve traffic congestion and curb the current rat-running through the
residential areas of Wynberg.

The City said it was also proposing a set of
parallel one-way streets for Wynberg by using Brodie and Main Roads to unclog
and revitalise the central business district

This road scheme was approved by
Council in 2002. The scheme is now needed for the roll-out of the MyCiTi service in
Wynberg where buses will travel along the Brodie/Main Road-couplet on the
way to the Wynberg public transport interchange

“The added benefit is that the couplet will
improve traffic flowby
turning a section of Main Road into a one-way, with
Brodie Road accommodating traffic
in the other direction. Thus, the couplet will double the traffic capacity
through Wynberg which will reduce the travel time during
the peak-hour periods. This will benefit each and every commuter, from those
travelling in the MyCiTi buses to commuters in minibus-taxis and other road users,”
she said. 

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