Johannesburg’s Roodepoort CBD Set for Transformation with Transport Master Plan
The City of Johannesburg’s Transport Department, through the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), has undertaken the Roodepoort CBD Transport Master Plan (TMP) to improve accessibility and mobility while enhancing the Roodepoort CBD as reported by joburg.org.za.
The plan’s main objective is to guide public and private sector investment in transport system improvements over the next 10 years to unlock opportunities in the Roodepoort CBD. The TMP will determine the appropriate modes of transport, including walking, cycling, minibus taxis, conventional buses, and metered taxis, and how to sustainably meet existing and future transport demand.
The redevelopment of the CBD will also prioritise controlled parking and encourage pedestrian-friendly routes along busy roads such as Van Wyk and Albertina Sisulu streets as part of the City’s Complete Streets Vision.
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The JDA has appointed GIBB and Lemon Pebble as the urban design specialists on the project, and stakeholder engagement meetings have been held to obtain input from residents, businesses, pedestrians, informal traders, public transport commuters, and service providers to have a collaborative development of the TMP.
“The Roodepoort TMP seeks to position and re-activate Roodepoort as a key node. It forms part of the Spatial Development Framework 2040’s priority transformation areas and aligns to the JDA’s objective to support growth and economic nodes into high-quality, investor-friendly and sustainable urban environments,” says Mokgema Mongane, the CEO of JDA.
“The plan will provide an efficient and effective transport system to integrate land use and public transport plans. The full participation of the Roodepoort CBD community and stakeholders will be crucial to its implementation and the success of its outcomes,” adds Mongane.
The TMP will address the chaotic transport environment and provide a fully integrated public transport system in the Roodepoort CBD. A public participation process on the Roodepoort CBD Transport Master Plan was initiated in May 2021, and the City has called for comments on the plan.