Just one of our Christmas wishes is to be able to get to our favourite places easily and without hassle. We’re sure that holidaymakers, thinking to relax and enjoy the city, will feel the same way.
It’s great to know that between mid-December and the first week of January the City of Cape Town will intervene to relieve traffic congestion along routes to popular destinations. Interventions are unavoidable given the heavy traffic expected, and they could really spoil holiday fun. Private vehicles could be directed away from their destination for as long as it takes for the gridlock to ease.
But let’s admit it, everyone who uses a car to get around – ourselves, Capetonians and visitors included – contribute to the gridlock. We’re going to take the hassle out of getting to the beach and the mall by taking the bus.
Here’s a breakdown of the transport and traffic situation this holiday season.
Traffic congestion is normal along the Atlantic Seaboard during the holiday period. It can easily take two to three hours to travel between Sea Point and Camps Bay by car. Then there’s the added frustration of limited parking space.
If you’re not willing to take a MyCiTi bus, note that private vehicles could be directed away from where you want to go as long as there’s a gridlock. Interventions will take place on an ad hoc basis at the main entry points to the Atlantic Seaboard as and when gridlock conditions necessitate it.
In Sea Point and Bantry Bay, interventions may take place at the following intersections:
- Queens and Beach Roads
- Queens and Victoria Roads
- Queens and Regent Roads
In Camps Bay, interventions may take place at the following intersections:
- Houghton Road and Camps Bay Drive
- Victoria and Houghton Roads
MyCiTi buses, coaches, minibus-taxis and tour operators will have preferential access to the Atlantic Seaboard during these interventions. People travelling in private vehicles may be stopped at these intersections and redirected back to where they were coming from until the traffic congestion has been alleviated to an acceptable level.
Expect congestion along the following roads:
- Main Road between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay – no roadworks but heavy traffic expected
- Kommetjie Road (M65) – delays due to major upgrades which will be suspended from 16 December 2017 until 7 January 2018, but slow moving traffic during this time
- Ou Kaapse Weg (M6) between Noordhoek Road and Kommetjie Road – delays due to major upgrades which will be suspended from 16 December 2017 until 7 January 2018
Kloof Nek Road becomes congested during the festive season and there’s limited parking around the cableway station. Please encourage visitors wanting to visit Table Mountain to use the MyCiTi service to get there.
The MyCiTi shuttle service to the Upper Table Mountain stop is free of charge. Visitors only have to:
- take Route 107 (Camps Bay) from town to the top of Kloof Nek Road
- disembark at the Kloof Nek Stop situated at the Kloof Nek Road/Tafelberg Road intersection
- transfer to the Route 110 bus – the free Table Mountain shuttle service – to the Upper Tafelberg stop. It runs every 10 to 15 minutes
- disembark at the cableway station
The same applies to passengers who are departing from the cableway station: they embark at the Upper Tafelberg stop and will transfer to MyCiTi Route 107 at the Kloof Nek Stop at the Kloof Nek Road/Tafelberg Road intersection.
V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk and beaches
MyCiTi is providing more late-night services, more buses on routes serving popular destinations and fewer weekday peak-hour services these holidays.
During the day head to the beach on:
- Route 108 Hangberg – Sea Point – Adderley
- Route 217 Melkbosstrand – Big Bay – Table View
Then make the best of late night festive season shopping with the extended operating hours of MyCiTi bus services on routes to the V&A Waterfront and Canal Walk.
More info here.
Buying a MyCiTi myconnect card
Commuters will need a myconnect card to travel on the MyCiTi bus service. A myconnect card can be bought for R35 from selected station kiosks and participating retailers across the city.
Visitors and residents are advised to visit the MyCiTi website at www.myciti.org.za for more information about the timetable changes, or to phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63.