The City of Cape Town has launched a new study that will look at transport issues in the far south region. There are a lot of concerns around the state of the roads and traffic congestion in the area.
CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson spoke to the Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Councillor Brett Herron about what the study aims to achieve.
Herron says the decision to conduct this study came after long engagement with the deep south residents around transport and mobility issues in the area.
The idea is to try and find solutions given the geographical constraints and to find holistic solutions— Brett Herron, MAYCO for Transport
According to Herron the study will take about 8 months to complete and will look at the movements of people in the far south. It will focus on public transport, and challenges facing private vehicles as well as the make up of the communities in the area.
He says public transport is the city's priority not only in the South Peninsula, but across the city, and the solutions will rely heavily on a public transport plan.
I think we will be looking at expanding what's already there within our capacity to do so, and that will include having to engage with Prasa and Metrorail around their services...— Brett Herron, MAYCO for Transport
Pippa Hudson also spoke to Patrick Dowling, who is the Chair of the Kommetjie Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association, as well as an Executive Member of the Greater Cape Town Civic Association.
Oukapse Weg and Chapmans Peak are the main entrance and exits routes to the area, and the constraints of these roads present a major challenge.
He says the city is not doing enough to engage the public on matters pertaining to transport constraints in the area, and seems to have adopted an approach to public participation where they are merely ticking the boxes.
We don't feel that many informed voices of the far south have been properly taken into account in the decision making processes— Patrick Dowling
Listen to the full conversation below: