The Station Deck above Cape Town Central Train Station, which is used by hundreds of thousands of people daily, will be closed as of Wednesday, 16 January for maintenance.
The City of Cape Town has set aside R2 million for the upgrade, which will take 4-5 weeks.
“Minibus-taxis serving local destinations will be operating from the Grand Parade opposite the Cape Town City Hall in Darling Street as from Wednesday, 16 January, until further notice,” the City of Cape Town said in a statement.
City Mayoral committee Member for Transport, Felicity Purchase, says: “Given the traffic and the number of commuters this rank accommodates every day, it has reached a point where we must undertake urgent repair and refurbishment work.
“The City’s Transport Directorate will now invest approximately R2 million to improve the facilities at the Station Deck.”
Maintenance teams will paint the buildings and road markings, repair the lighting, repair potholes and cracks in the road surface and side walks, and restore the destination boards.
“Long-distance taxi services won’t be affected and will continue to operate from the Station Deck while the maintenance is ongoing. The public will still be able to access the Station Deck, but access will be limited in the areas where the work is happening,” adds Purchase.
“Some traders and retail outlets may be affected, but this is for a limited period. In the end, all of the Station Deck users will benefit from the upgrade, and we appeal to commuters to be patient while we’re busy doing repairs.”
Taxis serving local destinations will not be allowed onto the Station Deck for as long as the maintenance work is ongoing.
Operators and commuters will be informed once the refurbishment has been completed, “safe to say that it will take 4-5 weeks, pending any delays”, the City said.
Temporary lanes for the various routes will be demarcated at the Grand Parade to indicate where commuters must embark and disembark.
These include lanes for routes to Langa, Gugulethu, Samora Machel, Nyanga, Lower Philippi, Hanover Park, Kensington, Mitchells Plain, Delft, Khayelitsha, Mfuleni, Milnerton, Dunoon, Manenberg, Bonteheuwel, Heideveld, Bridgetown, Mowbray, and Wynberg; as well as bays for those taxis serving Atlantis, Silversands, Sea Point, Hout Bay and Bellville.
“The minibus-taxis will enter the Grand Parade in Castle Street and there are two exits, one in Castle Street and the other in Darling Street. Other road users must, therefore, anticipate an increase in the number of minibus-taxis on the roads in this area over the next few weeks,” Purchase added.