As part of the public participation process on the proposed new South Road and Brodie Road couplet, Transport for Cape Town (TCT) provided the WRRA with some documents.
The WRRA requested the following documents from TCT.
1. Household survey
We asked for the user/passenger survey that was done of 26 000 households along the corridor, including the survey questions and the results. This survey was cited at public participation meetings as a motivation for the Brodie Road couplet.
TCT referred us to the their 2032 IPTN document (277 pages).
- This document does not contain the questions or results of the survey. They survey, which was undertaken to establish respondents’ travel demands, is mentioned a few times in the document as data collected from it was used to design Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus route, which will run through Wynberg.
- A total of 22 000 households in the greater metropolitan area (about 2% of all households) were surveyed. It is unclear how many of them were in Wynberg or in what part of Wynberg they were.
- No-one was asked about the Brodie Road couplet in particular and whether they were in favour of it or not.
2. Passenger numbers
We wanted to know the passenger numbers projected for the South Road and Brodie Road couplet, including the data used for these projections.
Once again, we were referred to the IPTN document, but the document contains no such information. According to TCT, though, in 2032 about 1 800 passengers are projected to board and alight in Brodie Road in the morning peak hour.
We asked for the study of the alternatives, including comparative costs.
No comparative costs are available.
Three documents comparing three possible MyCiTi routes to and through Wynberg were provided (see below). According to these documents, some of the reasons why TCT favours the Brodie Road option include:
1. Shorter walk: About 5 000 people arrive in Wynberg in the morning peak hour at the Wynberg Transport Interchange by bus, train or taxi, and walk from there under the bridge into Wynberg West to either take another taxi or bus, or walk to their destination. The document admits it is unclear how many passengers end up walking to destinations in Wynberg – however, from Brodie and Main Road these passengers’ walk will be 250-500 m shorter than in the case of the alternatives.
(WRRA perspective: It makes no sense to destroy the fabric of one of Cape Town’s oldest suburbs to save an unknown number of people a walk of 250-500 m, especially as the country’s integrated transport network’s ideal distance from a trunk route is up to 1 km. )
2. The two alternatives provide greater system coverage, but with added feeder systems Brodie Road can achieve the same coverage.
3. With the alternatives, bus speed will be slower because of entry from private properties and other roads. With Brodie Road, traffic speed does not matter because the idea is to have a number of bus stops so people can board an alight, so access to the route is more important than speed.
4. The planning of the Brodie Road couplet is more advanced than the alternatives.
Read the full documents:
This document compares the three possible routes through Wynberg from the perspective of infrastructure, planning still needed, existing studies, road reserves available etc.
This document compares the three possible routes through Wynberg from the perspective of land use integration, existing road infrastructure, planning status and existing road infrastructure.
Apart from walking distance, this document discusses mostly non-Brodie-couplet issues.
We asked for the heritage study (or scoping report) mentioned at one of the public meetings.
TCT replied the City was in possession of two heritage reports, one from 1999 and another from 2002, and that a more updated survey is currently underway.
One of the comparative reports mentioned above also notes that “A number of graded buildings within the Wynberg area to be confirmed with Heritage Western Cape. May be some challenges and no-go properties will be critically investigated.”
We asked for the environmental impact assessment of the South Road and Brodie Road couplet.
TCT’s reply: We have, through professional service providers, undertaken an Environmental Screening Report of the Lansdowne Wetton Corridor (Phase 2A) which is currently in draft and not yet ready for distribution. I can however assure you that while we do not foresee any environmental problems, due processes will be followed to ensure environmental compliance. The next step in the process is a scoping report(s) after which any required Environmental Impact Assessment will be pursued.
- Note from WRRA digital editor: TCT also provided other documents about the 2002 renewal plan for Wynberg and the 2013 Transport Plan for Wynberg, which will be added to this page as soon as possible.