Cape Town - The V&A Waterfront has allayed fears that its R2.5 billion expansion of the Silo Precinct will create a traffic nightmare for visitors and commuters.

“The bulk in the Waterfront is developed with parameters of the original development agreement, and the roads have been constructed to handle the full development once all the bulk in the V&A has been used,” said the chief executive, David Green.

The Waterfront has announced that work has started on the remaining six silo buildings that will make up the Silo Precinct. When completed in 2017, an estimated 2 500 people will work and live in the area.

The buildings going up include a hotel, mixed-use retail and office space and luxury residential flats.

The project will add more than 1 000 parking bays to the Waterfront.

But the De Waterkant Civic Association appealed for information about improving access to the Waterfront, as it was “already a major problem”.

Green said the mix of developments was carefully considered to engineer as much “counter-cylindrical” traffic movement as possible. The residential, hotel, museum and gym traffic would peak at different times to the offices.

The developments would have a strong emphasis on pedestrian and non-motorised transport access.

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