R2M TOO LIT­TLE, TOO LATE TO FIX STA­TION TAXI HUB

Cape Argus - - METRO - LANCE WITTEN

THOU­SANDS of com­muters pass through the Cape Town taxi rank daily.

The sta­tion deck pro­vides a mas­sive space for taxis to drop off and pick up trav­ellers get­ting to and from work, and is also the lifeblood of hun­dreds of en­trepreneurs who ply their trade from a va­ri­ety of stalls.

But, the place is a mess. Lanes are de­mar­cated by tem­po­rary con­crete high­way bar­rier slabs, loosely as­sem­bled and cov­ered in ob­scene graf­fiti; the paved sur­face is pock­marked and rid­dled with pot­holes; cracked and bro­ken paving slabs and man­hole cov­ers pose a threat to pedes­tri­ans; un­savoury char­ac­ters abound, and lit­ter is com­mon­place.

Don’t the res­i­dents of Cape Town de­serve bet­ter from the “best-run city in the coun­try”?

The City has an­nounced that the sta­tion deck is due for an up­grade, and this week, the clo­sure will com­mence, leav­ing com­muters to make use of the Grand Pa­rade as a makeshift taxi rank for four to five weeks. What this will do to traf­fic com­ing into town from Nel­son Man­dela Boule­vard and Philip Kgosana Drive via Dis­trict Six re­mains to be seen.

What re­ally irks is the pal­try R2 mil­lion set aside for the re­vamp, which is akin to putting Band-Aids on in­juries that re­quire far greater in­ter­ven­tion.

The sta­tion deck is a vi­tal trans­port hub with the po­ten­tial to be a space com­muters can tra­verse with pride. It could even be­come a sought-after tourist hot spot.

The money be­ing spent is barely worth cos­metic changes at best.

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