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Mobility, transport, roads
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Roads Master Plans
- The Roads Master Plan has no status in law. This Eikestadnuus article of October 2019 still sums it up:
The Roads Master Plan is supposed to be drawn up according to priorities and plans determined by the CITP. Those priorities
are prescribed by legislation, and roadbuilding has lower priority in that legislation than many other measures, including public transport,
increasing the occupancy (passengers per car) etc. However, Stellenbosch Municipality wants a large road building programme, and so it has to "cheat
- Precisely because the RMP has no status, Stellenbosch Municipality is seeking to legitimise it, because, once it is legitimised, it can be included
in the new 2023 CITP which is currently being drawn up. At the same time, the new 2023 MSDF will also be "updated" to ensure that the predetermined
goals of roadbuilding are accommodated. Once that is accomplished, many roads can be built and many luxury housing developments can be passed, based
on a veneer of legitimacy provided by the 2023 CITP and MSDF.
- The first step in this strategy has already happened. On 19 October 2022, the old 2018/19 RMP
was presented to Mayco "to be noted by Council". Just one week later, on 26
October, a new 2022 RMP was
presented to Council "to be approved".
- So what's the difference between the old and the "new" RMP, and why was this manoevre undertaken? Very likely this is all about
the Eastern Link Road. Let's compare:
- 2019 Draft Roads Master Plan in full as approved for public comment in April 2021. The four
comments submitted by FSM, SRA, SIG and university appear below.
- 2022 Roads Master Plan in full, as approved on 26 October 2022 by Council.
The 2022 map summary of roads projects is key. It seems to be identical to
the 2019 version. Use this map to identify the individual project numbers to look up in the cost
estimates and priorities below.
The 2018 cost estimates of individual roads projects were not updated at all in the
2022 cost estimates. This means that inflation was simply ignored and Council
was presented in October 2022 with cost estimates which are at least 25 percent too low.
The 2022 "new" RMP did not bother to update the old 2018 traffic modelling at all. For example, the numbers in the
traffic modelling of the Eastern Link Road, Section 7.3.2 in 2022 RMP, are identical with the 2018
modelling numbers in the 2019 draft RMP.
The 2022 RMP is therefore completely outdated and out of sync with the ATC. All its modelling results are useless. Council
has approved a document without understanding that the 2022 RMP is even further removed from reality than the 2019 draft RMP.
The Adam Tas Corridor (ATC) project will fundamentally alter traffic patterns and mobility in general. The 2022 RMP
did not even attempt to update information now available on the ATC and incorporate the impact of the approved ATC.
- June 2021 comments by FSM on the Draft RMP
- June 2021 comments by Ratepayers' Association on the Draft RMP
- June 2021 comments by Interest Group on the Draft RMP
- June 2021 comments by University on the Draft RMP
- For some background, see the FSM 2019 writeup on Roads Master Plan and the
FSM Letter to MM and Mayor in October 2018 as well as the September
2018 RMP presentation by Stellenbosch Municipality at the Mobility Forum,
showing the two possible connections to the Stellenbosch road network; one at the old "Landbousaal" opposite the Faculty of Theology (Pastorie
Street), the other at Danie Craven stadium. Further see a Detailed development
contribution map drawn up by ICE Group, accepted by Council on 31 May 2017. No explanation of these maps is provided in the council agenda.
Eastern Link Road (ELR)
Eastern Link Road 2022 issues and documents
First read the above comments on the "new" 2022 Roads Master Plan.
The Stellenbosch Municipality strategy since at least 2017 has been to build the ELR segment by segment as already set out
in Figure 1 on Page 8 of a FSM Letter to the Mayor and
MM of October 2018 and in Section 3.3.3 of the October 2022 FSM Objection.
- The purpose of the 2022 "update" to the old RMP appears to be to give the Eastern Link Road highest priority:
the road project priorities in the 2022 RMP have been updated from
the 2019 version. Suddenly, the segment of the Eastern Link Road between Paradyskloof and Brandwacht has
been made a High Priority, conveniently in tandem with the current Brandwacht application for rezoning of
Farm 1049 remainder which wants exactly that segment to be built. As pointed out in Section 3.3.2 of the
October 2022 FSM Objection to that Brandwacht application, every housing development
provides a development contribution which is used to finance roadbuilding.
As shown in the Roads Master Plan roads project map and road
project priorities, the following segments together make up the Eastern Link Road:
- SRMP052 from R44 to Wildebosch Road south (Paradyskloof); 2018 cost estimate R9.1m, length 0.95km. It is likely that
the land owner Blaauwklippen Agricultural Estates (BAE) of the relevant Erf 1457/0 of 33 hectares will soon apply
for rezoning also and that this will be used to motivate construction of this ELR segment.
- SRMP053A from Wildebosch Road north across Brandwacht, along Dalsig splitting Welgevallen Proefplaas in half;
2018 cost estimate R24.0m, length 2.5km: the segment which the 2022 RMP now prioritises
- SRMP053B connecting Suidwal/Pastorie bridge to the Eastern Link Road;
2018 cost estimate unclear, length unclear
- SRMP055 extends van Rheede Road eastwards to meet with the Eastern Link Road and then turns towards the
Eersterivier; 2018 cost estimate R5.8m, length 0.6km
- SRMP058 is a road bridge across the Eersteriver at Pastorie Road (Theology Faculty);
2018 cost estimate R29.9m, length 0.2km
- SRMP056 would construct a new road between the Doornbosch Street and Piet Retief Street to also connect to Suidwal;
Street, between the Markotter sportsfields and Bloemhof school;
2018 cost estimate R2.5m, length 0.4km
Route maps: see eg the partial Eastern Link Road map by ICE
or the TV3 map.
According to the outdated traffic modelling of the Eastern Link Road it would carry
about 500 vehicles during the morning peak hour, and presumably another 500 in the afternoon, between the R44 through
Paradyskloof and Brandwacht to van Rheede.
The same outdated traffic modelling predicts that by 2040 more than 1300
vehicles in the morning and another 1300 vehicles in the afternoon using the new SRMP055 road segment between van Rheede and Pastorie Roads. That
traffic will pour onto Suidwal, Die Laan, Noordwal and all adjacent roads.
- As explained, the traffic modelling of the Eastern Link Road is outdated but will still be used
The 2022 RMP has been revised to push the construction of the Eastern Link Road. This Page iv from the 2022
RMP should be compared to the compared to 2019 equivalent
The 2022 Conclusions and Recommendations
were also updated from the 2019 version to make a stronger case for the Eastern Link Road.
- See also the Assessment of the Eastern Link Road, Section 6.5 in 2022 RMP
The SRMP052 from R44 to Wildebosch Road south (Paradyskloof) segment is also shown in
the 2020 NMT route plan as if that road and the link road to Jamestown were already built.
Eastern Link Road in the past
The last full update was the 2016 CITP. It was not ideal but at least made a decent effort towards complying
with the 2016 Minimum Requirements
- On 28 April 2021, Council approved a 2021 Comprehensive Integrated Transport Plan "Update". It
was supposed to be an incremental update of the approved 2016 CITP but was nothing of the sort. Instead of doing what the
transport legislation intends the CITP to do, it was used to insert the 2018/19 Roads Master Plan as a trojan horse.
- FSM raised the serious deficiencies of the CITP at the Mobility Forum meeting of 31 May 2021. This was followed up with
the FSM Comments on 2021 CITP, Roads Master Plan and NMT (14 Jun 2021) showed how this
"Update" was a sham, that it contained "mistakes" in its budgeting amounting to hundreds of millions of Rands, and that between 90 and 99 percent of
the 20-year cost planning was being allocated to road- and car-related projects.
Comments by the Stellenbosch Ratepayers' Association with its
Appendix A and Appendix B provide further crucial input.
Instead of withdrawing the illegal RMP and the deficient 2021 "CITP", the municipality closed down the Mobility Forum meetings; as of October 2022
they have still not been restarted. There was no response regarding the detailed FSM comment and criticism of June 2021. In Section 2 of
a follow-up letter in January 2022, FSM again asked in for answers. A
one-page reply from the Municipal Manager dated 21 June 2022 (which was received only on 18 July) did not
address the CITP issues raised in the FSM Comments at all. A
short first reply by FSM has again gone unanswered.
Only when FSM followed up in September 2022 and
again asked for answers was a cursory
A new CITP is now being compiled; the new consultant is AECOM; there was an Open Day in May 2022.
There is no sign so far that the new CITP will override the Roads Master Plan with all its shenanigans and give
more than lip service to 2016 Minimum Requirements. More likely, the devious
strategy of 2021 will be continued into 2022 and 2023: make a token show of following the legal requirements but in reality ensure that the
predetermined roadbuilding strategy is injected into the CITP and thereby legitimised.
Adam Tas Corridor
- Council Agenda Item October 2022
- Local Spatial Development Framework September 2021
- Development Guidelines September 2021
- FSM Comments June 2022, commends ATC initiative, suggests "magic bullet" to alleviate road congestion,
points out errors in relation to Papegaaiberg Protected Area
- DTPW comments October 2022, largely road- and car-focused, firmly stuck in the 20th century
mindset, demands to be consulted on every aspect.
- TV3 First set of comments and questions June 2022, questions on impact assessments (Traffic,
Heritage), PRASA, bulk infrastructure services
- TV3 Second set of comments and questions July 2022, questions on roads, congestion, repetition
of earlier questions
- More to be done