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Cape Town has been identified as South Africa’s most congested city, based on its growing economy relative to other parts of the country, challenges with respect to public transport services and the prevalence of single occupancy vehicles travelling in the peak periods. The City’s response is multi-faceted and recognises that the construction of new roads will not solve the problem. Instead the focus is on travel demand management measures and making the road network and its infrastructure function more efficiently. This has included investment in parts of the network where efficiencies have not been optimised.
TDA is investing approximately R171 million in the Far South region of the Cape peninsula with the intention of relieving the major congestion that’s become a feature of the area’s road network over the past decade, and has been identified by the City of Cape Town’s Congestion Management Programme as one of the key areas in need of intervention.
The upgrades consist of new road infrastructure, such as dual carriageways, to the major traffic routes and key intersections of the area. The first work is the adding of turning lanes to the intersection of Ou Kaapse Weg and Silvermine Road, which started in January 2017. The upgrades are planned to run all the way to the intersection of Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg – a total distance of 3,5 km. The project is expected to take 30 months to complete.
The MyCiTi bus rapid transit service is now in Phase 2A which represents the next phase of route implementation with proposed routes from Mitchells Plain to Claremont and from Khayelitsha to Wynberg. These and other areas in the south east of the city are where the majority of public transport reliant residents live, who are most in need of safe and affordable public transport.
The aim of the Energy Efficiency in City Buildings project is to reduce the operating costs of City buildings, saving both money and electricity and reducing carbon emissions.
The project involved the rollout of over 450 smart meters as well as a number of retrofit installations. These include energy efficient lighting, solar water heaters, HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning), solar PV, and educating building managers and occupants about the project.
At present, the City has retrofitted 18 of its buildings with energy efficient technology and a further 11 have been retrofitted with LED lighting and motion sensors. The LED lighting retrofit programme at the Civic Centre will save the City 5 225 MWh annually.
The City is saving about R12 million annually through this project, with 6 865 MWh of electricity and 6 796 tonnes of carbon dioxide also saved.
The Glencairn Beach Restoration and Rail Project was implemented to ensure a safe rail service on the South Peninsula Transport Corridor (SPTC) by protecting the railway line from coastal damage caused by storm surges and wind-blown sand.
In certain locations along the SPTC, specifically Glencairn Beach, the railway has been exposed to erosion events, which can impact the health and safety of the public and rail authorities and cause major disruptions to commuters.
The project consists of two phases:
The project is currently in phase 2 and construction will begin as soon as the project meets public participation and environmental authorisation requirements.
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