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Wednesday Dec 05, 2012

Work on Pretoria's Paul Kruger Street to start in June

Work is expected to start next year on the beautification of one of the main routes in Pretoria's inner city, Paul Kruger Street.

Member of the mayoral committee for economic development and planning, Subesh Pillay, said yesterday work would start around June next year.

Paul Kruger Street is expected to be closed to certain types of traffic, with the route reserved for the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. Line 1A of the BRT project is expected to run from the Rainbow Junction (Pretoria North) to Nana Sita Street (Skinner) along Paul Kruger Street.

Stations will be situated on Paul Kruger Street, south of Church Square; on Paul Kruger, between Struben and Johannes Ramokhoase (Proes) streets; and on Paul Kruger, north of Boom Street and at Mansfield Road in Eloffsdal.

A report submitted to the city council said the BRT would be located on a transit mall on Paul Kruger Street.

The mall would have 6m-wide pavements to be pedestrian-friendly. Only BRT buses and emergency vehicles would be allowed to operate around the transit mall.

No on-street parking would be allowed at the transit mall or within the Church Square precinct.

Pillay said arrangements would be made for business people to access their premises via Paul Kruger Street.

"We have conducted an audit of all businesses and government departments that access their premises on Paul Kruger. All these will be communicated with directly to inform them of these arrangements."

Pillay said the municipality had undertaken a traffic impact analysis that indicated where the spill-over traffic "will likely route to".

The metro police would deploy members to conduct traffic-flow management operations, he said.

Pillay said a significant number of people entered the city centre on public transport.

"This has also been studied and appropriate arrangements are being finalised as part of the pre-implementation arrangements.

"It is expected that there will be increased congestion on alternative routes. These will in part be mitigated by the deployment of metro police as well as the capacity increases proposed.

"But... the ultimate intention is to migrate greater numbers of people out of private vehicles into public and non-motorised transport."

Pillay said the congestion would invariably cause inconvenience.

"But this is regrettable and almost unavoidable as we pursue the implementation of our public transport strategy and enhanced urban management of the Tshwane inner city."

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