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R750m allocated to reduce traffic congestion in CT

Mayor Patricia de Lille today announced plans to improve road infrastructure and integrate public transport.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: www.capetown.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has allocated R750 million over the next five years to try and alleviate traffic congestion across the Mother City.

Speaking at a transport summit today, Mayor Patricia de Lille announced plans to improve road infrastructure and integrate public transport.

De Lille says among the key high traffic areas prioritised in proposals include Kuilsriver, Kommetjie and Blouberg.

A study by Global GPS service provider TomTom has found Cape Town is the most congested city in South Africa, with motorists spending up to 11 days a year sitting in traffic.

Week day morning peak periods are now two hours longer.

In an attempt to address the gridlock, the City has devised a congestion plan to review pressure points along all major highways.

About R40 million will be spent on this plan this financial year.

But de Lille has also called on the private sector to help by considering implementing flexi-time for employees and offering incentives for using public transport.

"Building more roads, it's not the answer alone. So we are calling on the private sector today to work with us. Can you also come to the table with some money and some technical advice? So that we can speed up those congestion areas that are worst affected in the city at the moment."

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