9,000 more cars to impact Sandton traffic

Office developments mean motorists can expect even more cars on Sandton roads.

Sandton traffic. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It's estimated the construction of new developments in the Sandton CBD will see more than 9,000 additional cars being added to traffic in the district.

A new study by real estate services firm Jones Lang Lasalle has concluded nearly 400,000 square metres of new office space is currently being developed in Sandton.

This includes a new 67,000 square metre Sasol head office, a 40,000 square metre building for law firm Webber Wentzel and a 36,000 square metre office for Alexander Forbes.

This week, Eyewitness News has reported on increasing traffic into the Sandton CBD and the city's plans to deal with the gridlock.

Jones Lang Lasalle's Craig Hean says motorists can expect even more cars on the roads.

"The number of new square metres, after being built, are going to cater for 20,000 vehicles and of those 20,000 vehicles we're estimating 9,000 of vehicles don't currently go into Sandton."

Furthermore, the study shows the influx of new tenants into the Sandton CBD will see immense pressure being placed on the already strained infrastructure in the district.

Hean said, "Over the next three years there will be 400,000 new square metres of office developments in the Sandton CBD."