The City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate is calling on members of the public to comment on the proposal to turn Totnes Road in Plumstead into a time restricted one-way road in a southbound direction during peak periods at the Plumstead Preparatory School.

The public participation process is being implemented in terms of section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000 which states that the public and interested parties or groups are given the opportunity to submit comments, recommendations or input to the City’s proposal of turning Totnes Road into a one-way during the peak hour periods at the Plumstead Preparatory School.

The public can submit comments from 14 June until 14 July 2021. Currently, due to the narrow road width and two-way traffic flow, Totnes Road experiences traffic congestion during the school peak-hour periods. The lack of on-street parking and a stop-and-drop facility limit the drop-off and collection space for motorists, which impacts on residents living in close proximity to the school.

Furthermore, Plumstead Preparatory School is currently undergoing rezoning of their property and they arranged for consultants Innovative Transport Solutions (ITS) to undertake a traffic impact statement.

The outcome recommends that Totnes Road, fronting the school, be converted to a time restricted one-way road southbound, to alleviate traffic congestion and improve flow during school peak-hour periods.

The City also conducted a site visit and concurs with the ITS report recommendations. The proposal will help alleviate congestion with little or no impact on the immediate community.

It is proposed that the one-way restriction only applies during school peak-hours on weekdays between 07:00 and 08:00 and from 12:30 to 15:30.

Residents can submit comments as follows:

The City’s Public Participation Unit will also assist people who cannot read or write, people with special needs, and people from disadvantaged groups who are unable to submit written comments, to have their comments or input recorded and submitted to the City.