The City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate recently commenced with the installation of a signalised pedestrian crossing with detection on New Eisleben Road adjacent to Imbasa Primary School, in Crossroads. Work is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete, pending unforeseen delays and inclement weather.

A sidewalk and carriageway crossing that will be universally accessible for pedestrian with special needs, will also be implemented.

The project seeks to address the following issues:

  • Lack of crossing facility at New Eisleben Road in the vicinity of Imbasa Primary School
  • Some motorists and public transport service providers travelling between Nyanga and Crossroads using this route disregard the intersection at Sonwabile Drive and do not yield right of way to the pedestrians who are crossing at the midblock crossing
  • Prevent reports of crashes involving learners
  • Provision for formal crossing for a part-time traffic attendant to help children safely cross this road as the road is deemed too dangerous for a scholar patrol

‘One of our key objectives is to implement targeted projects aimed at improving the safety of our residents, especially those with special needs and the vulnerable road users such as children and the elderly. Once completed, the project will provide a safe crossing location for the learners of the nearby school. Also, we foresee that the number of incidents will be reduced significantly,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.