Traffic dictating lifestyle

Posted On Wednesday, 29 November 2006 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Gauteng residents are choosing where to live and work based on traffic congestion, but have admitted that they are unlikely to give up their vehicles even if public transport becomes more efficient, says a recent study.

Infrastructure IndustryGauteng residents are choosing where to live and work based on traffic congestion, but have admitted that they are unlikely to give up their vehicles even if public transport becomes more efficient, says a recent study.

Support for the controversial Gautrain project has increased in the past eight months, with more people seeing it as one of the solutions to Gauteng’s traffic congestion.

International research company Synovate, in a traffic study on Gauteng, found that of the 400 people it interviewed, 81% said they had decided where to live based on the access they had to schools and work, and 54% said where they lived depended on the social invitations they accepted.

Yet 72% of those interviewed said they would not be likely to use public transport, even if it was improved, indicating a reluctance by motorists to give up their cars.

The research found that 52% of the respondents felt the Gautrain would clear up Gauteng’s roads to an extent. The study noted that Johannesburg residents were more supportive of the train than Pretoria residents.

A pilot study on the N1 highway between Pretoria and Johannesburg was not well received, with more than half of those interviewed saying it was not effective.

The biggest criticism was about communication, with 75% saying that there was not enough communication about the park-and-ride facilities at certain locations.

Motorists admitted that they would be reluctant to use the service even if it was better promoted, with half complaining about lack of flexibility, 49% of inconvenience and 48% of “having to rely on other people”.

About 36% of commuters felt congestion had an effect on traffic on secondary roads as mot-orists tried to avoid freeways.

The proposal to introduce toll roads on the province’s high-density roads in and around Gauteng was rejected by the majority of road users surveyed, with 86% saying queuing at the tolls would cause further congestion, particularly during rush hour.

Poor infrastructure and planning came fourth on the list of reasons for Gauteng’s traffic congestion, behind having to share the road with too many other vehicles, such as trucks and motorbikes, and “selfish or uneducated drivers”.

 

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