Commuters are now able to reap the benefits of the massive investment that the City of Cape Town has made into upgrading Stock Road, a road which plays a crucial role in connecting some of the Cape Flats areas to the various commercial nodes in Cape Town.
The City, in a statement, said that they invested approximately R230 million into the Stock Road infrastructure upgrade project. The City’s Maco member for transport, Felicity Purchase, joined City teams to celebrate the completion of the project on Friday, 12 April 2019.
The work included the improvement of the traffic capacity that the road can handle by upgrading the road to a dual carriageway and enhancing the dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane, among others.
The dual carriageway has assisted to help relieve traffic congestion along Stock Road and provision has been made for non-motorised transport modes with official walkways and inclusive of universal access along the 2,5 km long stretch of road.
Upgrades also include:
- Traffic signalisation at the intersections
- Repair of all damaged kerbs
- New road markings and signage
- Major infrastructure upgrades to the bulk water and stormwater networks and electrical services and street lighting
Features which particularly improve the safety of commuters include the installation of street lighting as well as signalised pedestrian crossing and bollards at the Stock Road Bridge.
Although it was a challenging project, this newly upgraded road benefits all road users and improves access to and from Philippi and the Philippi industrial area in particular. Commuters and businesses in the area now have better access to the various commercial nodes around Cape Town especially via the R300 which connects to the N2 and Jakes Gerwel Drive.
“Most importantly, residents are now able to do their daily commute on a good quality, modernised road with an improved stormwater system just in time for winter. I am also very pleased to see how pedestrians and cyclists are already enjoying the safe walkways along this main road,” said Purchase.
“We thank the residents and the Philippi industries for their patience while the work was under way. Without the support from this community the City would not have been able to deliver the final product.
“This project has provided much needed jobs and skills development to members of the local community. Although the participation goal for the employment local residents for the project was 3%, the City contractor greatly exceeded by managing to use a 9% local labour component while 3,5% of project spend was spent on local business within the surrounding area. This translates into an injection of almost R29 million into the local community,” said Purchase.
In addition to adding capacity to our existing road network the project also included the provision of three dedicated red lanes to accommodate three future MyCiTi trunk bus stations along Stock Road.
“The City is working on establishing an efficient, affordable, extensive and intermodal public transport system. The new BRT lanes along Stock Road forms part of the incremental roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service between the Cape Flats, Wynberg and Claremont,” added Purchase.
Once fully rolled out, the proposed Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service will provide approximately 1,4 million residents from the outskirts of Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain to the urban centres of Wynberg and Claremont with a direct, efficient and scheduled public transport service. (City of Cape Town)