MyCiTi route: Public participation kicks off

The public participation process for the MyCiTi bus route – which controversially includes a relief road for Main Road through residential Wynberg – kicks off this Friday.

The first meeting is Friday afternoon and evening in Ottery’s De Wet Road Hall.

Map of De Wet Road Hall

According to The Cape Times there will also be a meeting on June 15 at the Alphen Centre in Claremont from 4-8 pm.

A total of nine meetings across the affected areas will be held by TCT in May, with 20 more to follow in June. More details at the bottom of this article.

What will be presented?

The concept design of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service, called the Lansdowne/Wetton Corridor.

Full map of Phase 2

Transport for Cape Town (TCT) officials involved in the technical planning of the MyCiTi routes, stops and stations and teams involved with the infrastructure will be present to provide the public with answers to their questions and to give clarity where there is confusion.

A map indicating the trunk routes and the proposed stops and stations will be available.

Have a look at the concept design here.

What role will your voice play?

“We will take note of all the comments and proposals – these will be incorporated in a report which is to be presented to the TCT Portfolio Committee, as well as to Council and which will be considered during the detailed design phase,” Mayco Transport member Brett Herron promised in a statement on the City of Cape Town’s website.

Why is it important to attend?

The road is controversial, especially in Wynberg and Plumstead where new, larger roads are to be built in residential areas. It will have a long-lasting impact on the communities along the trunk routes.

What is the WRRA’s point of view on the road?

The WRRA’s official opinion is that with regard to the Plumstead-Wynberg section, there is a better alternative that will have less impact than the current “2nd Main Road” through residential Wynberg, and that is also more sensible from a transport point of view.

The current proposal – which has not been finalised or approved yet – includes a couplet along Brodie and Main Roads in Wynberg. This comprises the construction of a two-lane, one-way road that will act as a one-way relief road for Main Road, with the corresponding part of Main Road becoming one-way in the opposite direction.

Map of the couplet

The WRRA also supports the South Road Families Association in its objections to the road, which will include long-term tenants in Plumstead losing their homes.

Read more about the controversy.

It is expected that construction will commence within the next two months in Philippi and Ottery, and that the corridor will be launched in 2020/2021.

The details of the nine meetings to take place in May 2015 are as follows

  • 22 May from 16:00 to 20:00 – De Wet Road Hall, Ottery
  • 23 May from 12:00 to 15:00 – Brown’s Farm Community Centre
  • 25 May from 16:00 to 20:00 – Philippi East Hall
  • 25 May from 16:00 to 20:00 – Crossroads Community Hall
  • 27 May from 16:00 to 20:00 – Hanover Park Civic Hall
  • 27 May from 16:00 to 20:00 – Manenberg Community Centre
  • 28 May from 16:00 to 20:00 – Range Road Hall, Kenwyn
  • 29 May from 16:00 to 20:00 – Lotus River multi-purpose hall
  • 30 May from 16:00 to 20:00 – Philippi East Indoor Sports Centre

Read TCT’s full statement here.

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