Cape Town - In the first acknowledgement that Cape Town’s congestion will not be solved by increasing the road network, the City of Cape Town has announced plans to develop a new railway line to connect Khayelitsha and Kuils River.
The new railway line is part of the city council’s Built Environment Performance Plans for the next 12 months. The aim of the project is to transform Cape Town’s spatial reality through the creation of public transport and housing on land close to job opportunities.
From July 2017, the council will inject R6.8 billion into three integration zones - the new train line, a MyCiTi roll-out for the metro south-east area and road corridors for the Voortrekker line.
Mayoral committee member for transport Brett Herron said: “By prioritising dense, transit-oriented growth and development in these integration zones, the city seeks to create more inclusive communities with access to improved services, job opportunities and affordable housing and public transport.
“We will, in line with our transit-oriented development strategic framework, identify housing opportunities closer to our MyCiTi stations and rail stations in these integration zones. Providing affordable housing closer to where people work or close to public transport is non-negotiable. In so doing, we will create a more integrated and inclusive city where residents have equal access to opportunities.”