Joburg is start­ing to win traf­fic light war

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

THE City of Joburg says it is happy to an­nounce that it has in­ter­vened in ad­dress­ing traf­fic light down­time, which is al­ready show­ing pos­i­tive ef­fects.

This im­prove­ment fol­lows the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the city’s No Joints Pol­icy ear­lier this year, which means that when re­pair­ing the lights, new ca­bles are in­stalled and the fault is not sim­ply joined.

This pro­gres­sively re­duces the high in­ci­dence of sig­nal down­time at the most crit­i­cal high-vol­ume in­ter­sec­tions in the city, said mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee (MMC) for trans­port, Nonhlanhla Mukhuba.

Dur­ing the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year which ended in June, 89 in­ter­sec­tions were re-ca­bled and are now joint­free.

There has been an 18% re­duc­tion in the av­er­age num­ber of daily traf­fic light faults be­tween Novem­ber last year and June this year, said Mukhuba.

There has also been a 60% im­prove­ment in the av­er­age time taken to re­pair faults, ex­clud­ing those caused by power out­ages.

This has re­sulted in a 55% av­er­age traf­fic light down­time per day.

Power out­ages re­main a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to traf­fic sig­nal down­time, con­sti­tut­ing 50% of the daily faults re­ported.

In­creased in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the Joburg Roads Agency (JRA), City Power and Eskom is be­ing pri­ori­tised to ad­dress this.

Sim­i­larly to the JRA, City Power and Eskom are af­fected by age­ing in­fra­struc­ture and

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