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Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

Revamped Pretoria Church Square revealed

Artists' impressions of the new-look Pretoria Church Square were revealed during a community liaison forum meeting yesterday.

Major roadworks and developments are under way on and around Church Square.

In future the square will boast more trees and pedestrian areas. There will also be new street furniture and the south wall's fountains will be restored to a working condition. The meeting was to update the public on the progress of the city's first bus rapid transit project.

Tshwane rapid transit project unit's Lloyd Moti said when the construction dust had settled, there would be pedestrian areas around the square. Granite cobbles will mark the dedicated bus lanes. Slate salvaged from other sites will be used at Church Square in place of tar. Red lay pavers will delineate pedestrian crossings and demarcate parking bays, with steel bollards to separate the dedicated bus lanes.

Access to the square will be restricted to A Re Yeng buses and service vehicles.

No provision is being made for informal trading at the square.

The statue of Paul Kruger, president of the ZAR, surrounded by his burghers, will remain.

The landscaping plan.

Moti said they were aware that traffic problems had inconvenienced people during the initial construction phases in the CBD and these would continue for a while yet.

'We are putting in place some remedial measures to mitigate some of the likely problems. However, some congestion will occur and your continued patience would be much appreciated,' he said .

'While congestion during the construction works is frustrating, it is relatively short-lived compared to the benefits in the decades to come when these streets will carry you and your children to education and work much more efficiently.'

Moti said trunk line buses for this phase would operate at a sevenminute frequency. A number of feeder bus routes will operate to several destinations, including Steve Biko hospital, the Tshwane University of Technology, Unisa and around the CBD. Buses similar to the Gautrain ones will be used at a 15-minute frequency.

The next public meeting will take place on September 30 from 6pm at the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk Wonderboompoort in Eloffsdal.

The meeting will focus on construction progress and completion dates, and a petition from the Capital Park Business Forum.

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