The City of Cape Town is looking to spend R800 million to improve public transport infrastructure in the Greater Wynberg area.
This comes after the City’s Portfolio Committee for Transport unanimously approved the trunk route alignment for the MyCiTi service in the Wynberg area. If approved by the council the new infrastructure will improve public transport and alleviate traffic congestion. Commenting on the potential benefits of the infrastructure Felicity Purchase, the City’s MMC for Transport says the roll-out of the MyCiTi service will transform Wynberg.
Cutting out congestion
“Firstly, the service will provide much-needed scheduled public transport for those commuting between Wynberg and the Metro South-east. The service will integrate with the rail stations in this area so that commuters can easily change from one mode of public transport to another, and it will also improve facilities for pedestrians,” she explains. The two proposed transport routes form part of the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service which will connect commuters from the Metro South-east with Wynberg and Claremont. It is proposed that a direct bus route operates along Wetton Road and a trunk route with dedicated right-of-way bus lanes along Ottery and South Roads.
“One of the main reasons for the traffic congestion in the Greater Wynberg area is the missing road links that should connect the east and west sides of Wynberg. Should Council give us the go-ahead, we’ll connect Main Road and Ottery Road by building the missing link along South and Waterbury Roads,” Purchase adds. The funds for the project will go towards road upgrades, the construction of new roads, and the infrastructure that is needed for the MyCiTi service such as the stations, stops, and red right-of-way bus lanes.