Wednesday, May 09, 2007

New taxi rank for Fisantekraal welcomed

By Tando Mfengwana
09 May 2007


Durbanville Commuters have welcomed a new taxi rank that provides a pick-up and drop off point in the Fisantekraal area.

The new facility worth R500 000 was officially opened by Elizabeth Thompson Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Storm water.

Previously taxis would park under trees on the corner of Boy Briers Road near the R312 to Wellington. The City found this area to be unsuitable because of commuter discomfort and problems with illegal dumping.

Thompson says that the interchange is part of the City of Cape Town’s co-ordinated development plan to improve transport facilities.

A survey of the area showed was done in August 2005 and construction started in February last year. Temporary toilets and a water standpipe have been put in place, until permanent ablution structures are completed, as there were not enough funds.

Thompson added that the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) is the only association operating in the area, “which makes it much easier because there is no dispute about roots…”

She says that “this is just the first phase, as the area might become a business hub, because in the near future, there will be a shopping centre development for this area.”

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