Managing the flow of Century City traffic
Any successful mixed-use development of the size of Century City, particularly one that includes a major regional shopping centre, generates heavy traffic flows especially in the morning and afternoon peaks and over holiday periods.
Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the CCPOA, says that apart from the odd occasion when a major traffic incident in Century City or a bottleneck on the surrounding national and/or arterial roads has adversely impacted on Century City traffic flows, traffic within the precinct generally keeps moving even at peak traffic times.
He says the CCPOA is, however, taking extensive measure to further improve peak traffic flows while the developer of Century City, Rabie Property Group, has committed to additional infrastructure upgrade projects which should significantly improve the traffic capacity and flow, particularly on Sable Road.
Infrastructure projects include the creation of an additional left turn only lane from Bosmansdam Road into Century Avenue; the creation of an additional permanent left lane out of the Bridgeways precinct into Sable Road with a dedicated free flowing left turn onto the collected distributor road (the road running parallel to the N1); a queue jump lane for the MyCiTi Bus on Sable Road to improve travel time to the railway station and a free flowing left hand turn from the N1 Exit 10 offramp into Sable Road going west towards Century City.
Other measures being undertaken by the CCPOA include:
- CCPOA CCTV operators keep a special look out for anything out of the ordinary on the Century City and surrounding roads, and response vehicles are immediately despatched to deal with any problems that are identified.
- The timings of the traffic signals are constantly monitored and any required adjustments are immediately reported to the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Management Centre (TMC) for attention.
- The eight CCTV cameras erected in 2014 which focus on traffic management have greatly improved Control Room visibility and response times.
- The City of Cape Town Traffic Officer, who is contracted by the CCPOA to provide traffic law enforcement in Century City, and the two City of Cape Town Law Enforcement Officers, are deployed to assist with the management of traffic congestion particularly during peak hours. They, together with CCPOA Venue Hosts, undertake point duties on an ad hoc basis when required.
- Two Outsurance points’ men are deployed during the afternoon peak at the Steel Bridge Intersection.
- A pilot Variable Messaging System (VMS) to assist with traffic guidance within Century City was installed in December and was successfully used to assist with Ratanga Junction’s peak season parking management. Three VMS signs have so far been installed on Century Boulevard – one between the Lion Arch and Daimler Chrsyler, another between the Canal Bridge and Virgin Active and the third in front of SMG BMW. The CCPOA will continue to use the VMS signs to direct traffic flows for special events within Century City, during peak periods for Ratanga, Canal Walk and Hillsong Church as well as conferences. There are also plans to use it to convey messages about traffic congestion both within Century City and on the surrounding road network – for example to warn motorists there is a truck broken down on the N1 and to use an alternative route. The pilot project will be reviewed in June and if deemed necessary additional VMS signs will be installed at Century City before the end of the year.
- Agreement has been reached with the South African National Roads Agency and the Traffic Management Centre for all three parties to have controlled access to each other’s CCTV networks for traffic management and safety and security purposes. The linkup between the CCPOA control room and the Traffic Management Centre is urgently being initiated. This will enable the CCPOA Control Room to view what is happening on the adjacent national and main arterial roads in real time.