Pretoria residents furious over looming BRT lane

A petition opposing the one-lane construction is being submitted at the council meeting today.

FILE: The municipality intends reducing Lynnwood Road to a single lane on a three kilometre stretch. Picture: Freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Pretoria residents are voicing their anger and frustration following the Tshwane Municipality's decision to reduce parts of Lynnwood Road down to one lane to accommodate the bus rapid transit system.

Residents held a community meeting in Pretoria East last night to object to the construction plan which is scheduled to start within the next year.

The municipality had initially intended widening the busy road to accommodate the additional bus lane, but apparently due to cost constraints, it will instead take one of the regular traffic lanes.

The municipality intends reducing Lynnwood Road to a single lane on a three kilometre stretch of the road, from the University of Pretoria to the Atterbury Road intersection.

The Democratic Alliance's Francois Bekker says the initial plan sold to residents was that the road would be widened.

"It didn't come through any official channels we stumbled upon the facts, and they are now confirming that they want to reduce it to one lane direction. It's going to bring traffic to a total stand still."

A petition opposing the one-lane construction is being submitted at the council meeting today.

The municipality did not respond to questions.