Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, in conjunction with the City’s Traffic Service, will over the next three weeks intervene to prevent gridlock conditions along the Atlantic Seaboard. Similar interventions were implemented in 2014 and 2015 and this year is no different.
‘We will actively manage the traffic travelling to and from the Atlantic Seaboard on the popular beach days of 26 December 2016 and 1 January 2017. On these days those travelling in private vehicles will be stopped at key intersections in Sea Point and Bantry Bay and redirected back to where they were coming from until the traffic congestion along the coastline has been alleviated to an acceptable level. Thus, private vehicles will be stuck in a loop for as long as it takes for the gridlock situation, along Victoria Road in particular, to subside,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.
During the rest of the festive season, TCT will closely monitor the traffic situation along the Atlantic Seaboard to determine whether any interventions are needed.
‘These interventions will happen on an ad hoc basis – thus, as and when needed – to alleviate the traffic congestion that has become a regular occurrence in Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay during the holiday period. The best possible solution, however, remains for all of us to avoid travelling to the Atlantic Seaboard in private vehicles. The MyCiTi service has a number of routes to and from these popular spots and offers a hassle-free option for those who do not want to be stuck in gridlock traffic while searching for limited on-street parking,’ said Councillor Herron.
Visitors are strongly advised to park their private vehicles in the city central business district (CBD) or foreshore area and to use the MyCiTi bus service or any other public transport service to reach the beaches along the Atlantic Seaboard, in particular on 26 December 2016 and 1 January 2017 which we anticipate to be very busy in perfect weather conditions.
‘Those who have visited the Atlantic Seaboard during the festive season in previous years will know that parking is extremely limited and that it can easily take two to three hours to travel between Sea Point and Camps Bay by car. If we opt for public transport or, where possible, walk or cycle, it will be much easier to move around,’ said Councillor Herron.
Interventions will be put in place at the main entry points to the Atlantic Seaboard on 26 December 2016 and 1 January 2017, as well as on other days should gridlock conditions necessitate it, as follows:
• At the intersection of Queens and Beach Roads in Sea Point/Bantry Bay
• At the intersection of Queens and Victoria Roads in Sea Point/Bantry Bay
• At the intersection of Queens and Regent Roads in Sea Point/Bantry Bay
• At the intersection of Victoria Road and Camps Bay Drive in Camps Bay
• At the intersection of Victoria and Houghton Roads in Camps Bay
‘Public transport services such as the MyCiTi buses, coaches, minibus-taxis and tour operators, will have unrestricted access to the Atlantic Seaboard during the interventions. As stated above, those travelling in private vehicles will be stopped at these intersections and redirected back to where they were coming from until the traffic congestion has been alleviated to an acceptable level. This approach will be better than allowing more traffic to enter the congested area and worsen the gridlock,’ said Councillor Herron.
Furthermore, the roadworks along Main Road in Clovelly and in Kommetjie in the far south will be suspended as from Wednesday 14 December 2016 until Monday 9 January 2017, if all goes as planned.
‘Those driving along Main Road in Kalk Bay should note that a speed limit of 40 km/h applies as some sections of the road still have a temporary surface. Road users must please drive carefully and obey all road signs as this is still a construction site, even though the roadworks have been temporarily suspended. Woolley’s Pool is accessible via the new steps and we have also installed a temporary signalised pedestrian crossing, making it safer for pedestrians to cross Main Road,’ said Councillor Herron.
Visitors to Table Mountain are also strongly advised to make use of the MyCiTi service.
‘The MyCiTi shuttle service to the Upper Table Mountain stop is free of charge, meaning visitors only need to pay on Route 107 (Camps Bay) from the central business district to the top of Kloof Nek Road, where they can disembark at the Kloof Nek Stop situated at the Kloof Nek Road/Tafelberg Road intersection.
From there, commuters should transfer to the Route 110 bus – the free Table Mountain shuttle service – to the Upper Tafelberg stop and disembark at the cableway station,’ said Councillor Herron.
The same applies to passengers who are departing from the cableway station: they embark at the Upper Tafelberg stop and will transfer to MyCiTi Route 107 at the Kloof Nek Stop at the Kloof Nek Road/Tafelberg Road intersection.
Commuters are reminded that they need a myconnect card to travel on the MyCiTi bus service. A myconnect card can be purchased for R30 from selected station kiosks and participating retailers across the city.
Those with queries can phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 for more information, or visit www.myciti.org.za.