The City of Cape Town is a step closer to its vision of redesigning the important Brighton Road in Kraaifontein, which has the potential to act as a catalyst for investment and the further, well-planned development of this area.
The City’s proposed plan for Brighton Road foresees, among others, the creation of an attractive, functional and well-planned urban space with dedicated, safe and comfortable pedestrian areas including wide sidewalks and adequate room for tree planting, greater access to efficient public transport and to non-motorised transport such as cycling, as well as the identification of future developments in suitable areas or precincts.
‘This area has experienced rapid urbanization over the last decade but most of this growth has been in the form of low density, suburban sprawl. The urban image of this area has subsequently regressed somewhat over the years. Our long-term goal is to create quality urban areas which will attract investment and further development. The development potential can, however, only be reached if this area is well-managed.
‘We need to literally create an enabling environment to increase investment that will drive job creation. The proposed plan focuses on enabling Brighton Road as an activity street. Much benefit can be derived from an inclusive, thriving street culture and, in the end, this adds to the experience and diversity of a dynamic city such as Cape Town,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.
Brighton Road has metropolitan significance and it carries a relatively high volume of traffic. It extends from Old Paarl Road across the N1 to Okavango Road. The road is currently an undivided dual carriageway except for the section between the N1 interchange and the railway bridge. Major traffic congestion is experienced during peak hours, especially along the section of Brighton Road just north of the N1 and south of the N1 towards the railway bridge.
The lack of capacity to accommodate existing traffic demand on Brighton Road, as well as future demand as a result of further urban growth, necessitates the preparation of an arterial management plan for Brighton Road which will include all modes of transport. It will take into account the potential future land use development scenarios and access requirements.
‘In addition, it is foreseen that the Brighton Road area could be divided into three precincts, comprising development zones which will be integrated with public transport. Each zone would then be divided into four smaller blocks that will, among others, facilitate vehicular and pedestrian movement. These blocks could also be the location of future investment in public spaces and could be used to unlock private sector investment.
‘Due process must still be followed and there is a lot of hard work ahead, but residents are urged to watch this space,’ said Councillor Van Der Merwe.