“This is a City for People not a City for cars”, was the message given by His Worship the Mayor of the eThekwini Municipality, Councillor James Nxumalo, echoing the vision of the City of Curitiba, Brazil, at the launch of the City’s Non-Motorised Transport Network today at the Green Hub in Durban. He reaffirmed the City’s “commitment for the development of public transport infrastructure plans to harness people power to propel themselves forward.”
Most cities in the world that have improved their transportation infrastructure by creating sustainable integrated rapid public transport networks have included a Non-Motorised Transport component. This includes all means of transport that are “human powered” like walking, and cycling, and variants such as roller skates, skateboards, push scooters and hand carts, as well as wheelchair travel, but also includes “animal powered” such as horse and carriage drawn transport.
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As part of development of the dedicated bus lanes for GO!Durban, the eThekwini Municipality’s new integrated rapid public transport network, there will be a temporary road closure of the northbound carriageway of the MR 577/Dumisani Makhaye Drive between Newlands Express Way and Inanda Road intersections on Thursday, 18 September 2014 between 9:00 and 15:00.
Drivers are requested to find alternate routes to their destinations during this time.
The MR 577 is part of what is called the C3 corridor of GO!Durban which will link Bridge City in KwaMashu to Pinetown CBD.
“Your patience as commuters, public transport operators and drivers is greatly appreciated as the city strives to bring its citizens a more efficient, safer and faster public transport network in the future.” Says Carlos Esteves, Deputy Manager Road System Management.
As part of the eThekwini Municipality’s development of the GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network, construction of a bridge, which will extend Bhejane Road to Aberdare Drive, under the M25 (Curnick Ndlovu Highway) connecting the Bridge City Precinct to Phoenix Industrial Area, has begun.
This means that traffic on the M25 will be diverted down to single lanes in between the Ntuzuma Access Road interchange and the Bhejane off ramp, and motorists and commuters are advised to expect delays and to plan their trips accordingly.
“We ask that commuters and drivers look for alternate routes – especially at peak times, or to start their journeys earlier, making allowances for the expected delays, ” requests Deputy Head of Road System Management, Carlos Esteves. “This will help ease the traffic congestion that is expected along these routes. This short term inconvenience will be outweighed by the long term benefits that the new transport network will provide for commuters and we appeal for your patience.”
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