Wednesday, 06 April 2022 10:09

Cape Town plans to spend R1 billion to end traffic congestion.

Staff Reporter.

The City of Cape Town plans to ramp up spending in the coming years as it aims to significantly reduce congestion.

Upon council approval, the city said it plans to spend an additional R203.5 million over the next three financial years ending 30 June 2025. This amount excludes the R72.8 million that will be available in the form of development contributions from private sector developers during this time.

Once approved, the total amount budgeted for congestion relief projects would be R953.5 million – nearly a billion rand – over a period of ten years.

"We need more funding for more projects to address congestion on our road network. Now that the mayoral committee has approved this request, we will approach Council by the end of April for their approval as well, "said the city's mayoral committee member for urban mobility Rob Quintas.

He added that the congestion relief programme focuses on projects that will reduce the peak hour period – this is the time commuters spend on the road during the morning and afternoon driving to and from work. This includes expanding the capacity of its existing road network while efforts are underway to provide more reliable public transport services to commuters.

"Our road network must enable the movement of people and goods and services. Congestion impedes our productivity and comes at a great cost to commuters in terms of time spent on the road and money for fuel, over and above the environmental harm through carbon emissions.

"It is thus important that we build more capacity – be it additional lanes or missing road links – to support economic activity and economic growth to stimulate job creation. This is pivotal in our efforts to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and in playing our part in combatting climate change," said Quintas.

Another report with details about the specific congestion relief projects and the status of ongoing projects will be submitted to the city's council in the latter part of this year.