A possible solution to South Africa’s road congestion challenge is the decentralisation of urban business districts away from the tradition central business districts, an architect says.
“Urbanisation has led to towns with core central business districts (CBDs) and main transport arteries flowing outward to suburban areas. A growing population and an influx to the metros means that this is not a sustainable long-term model for city planning,” says MaC Architects’ Sheldon Jennings.
Jennings’s comments come shortly after two South African cities were ranked among the top 100 most congested cities in the world, according to the 2016 TomTom Traffic Index Report, released earlier this year.
Cape Town ranks just below Naples, Italy, at 47, while Johannesburg is ranked 77th. The index measures congestion on the road networks of 295 cities around the world.
According to Jennings, the increase in traffic congestion brought on by growing urbanisation can be addressed by creating additional business hubs, or “sub-cities” outside the countrys’ CBDs.