City's plan to complete unfinished highway could be a dead end

Cape Town's mayor Patricia de Lille has announced that the City is contemplating completing its famous unfinished freeway.

According to online news site, Cape Town Messenger, the unfinished freeway will be connected to the road that runs on to the N1, as part of projects aimed at relieving traffic congestion in the city.

The City infamously abandoned the freeway in 1977 due to a lack of funding.

The City has indicated that on the 21st of June there will be a more detailed announcement.

CapeTalk's John Maytham spoke to Lisa Kane, Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Transport Studies about the city's announcement.

Kane says this announcement has come out of the blue. There are many unanswered questions, and she remains skeptical about the plans.

She says there are a lot of other things that could be done with that part of the city which would be far more productive.

But i would like to keep an open mind till we see the detailed plans.

Lisa Kane, Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Transport Studies

Kane says building more roads is not the way out of urban congestion. She says this was proven by a number of studies done internationally and locally.

I find the thought of investing in any road infrastructure really weird and very odd, particularly in the context of transport for Cape Town policy which is investing very heavily in bus rapid transit, which is the internationally perceived way of getting out of congestion problems.

Lisa Kane, Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Transport Studies

Listen to the full conversation below:

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