The roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service which will provide commuters with direct, scheduled, safe, and affordable public transport between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and Claremont and Wynberg, is gaining momentum.

The City of Cape Town’s Council approved the permanent full and partial road closures needed for the roll-out of the second phase of the MyCiTi service in Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, and Philippi at the last meeting of the year held yesterday, 15 December 2021.

The approval of the proposed partial and full road closures followed after a public participation process earlier this year, where residents and interested and affected parties had the opportunity to comment.

The affected roads that will be fully or partially closed are as follows:

  • Full closure of 1st Avenue at the intersection with Emms Drive, Nyanga
  • Median closure on Govan Mbeki Road (M9) at the intersection with ‘The Island’ access road, Khayelitsha
  • Median closure on AZ Berman Drive at the intersection with Bottlebrush Street, Mitchells Plain
  • Median closure on AZ Berman Drive at the intersection with Tuberose/Petunia Street, Mitchells Plain
  • Median closure on Govan Mbeki Road at the intersection with Philippi Village access road, Philippi
  • Full closure of Indwe Street at the intersection with Govan Mbeki Road (M9), Philippi

‘The roll-out of Phase 2A is the single biggest investment in public transport by any municipality in South Africa at the moment. This is a massive undertaking by the City to bring affordable public transport closer to those who need it most. The full and partial road closures will ensure that public transport vehicles have an advantage over mixed traffic with the provision of continuous dedicated public transport lanes, the rationalisation of intersections and the closure of median breaks.

‘Furthermore, some closures are required to eliminate uncontrolled traffic movement across the dedicated bus lanes. This will ensure the road safety of motorists, commuters, and pedestrians. ‘The routes will connect about 30 communities along the way and will significantly improve access to opportunities and amenities. The City’s investment will spur urban regeneration in the areas where the routes and stations will be constructed, and we hope to see private investment and developments following over time. We are extremely excited about this project and the many possibilities that will come with it,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.

Council approved the concept design of the Phase 2A trunk routes and the locations of the MyCiTi stations in 2016 and 2019 respectively. This followed after a public participation process about the proposed conceptual design for the trunk routes in 2014 and 2015.

The conceptual design that was approved by Council formed the basis for the detail design process whereby the City identified some roads that need to be fully or partially closed to vehicular traffic on a permanent basis for the MyCiTi service to be implemented.