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Group 6 Neighbourhood Tactics

PARK STATION- CONGESTION

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CONTEXT ANALYSIS

Park station is an important transit point of Johannesburg, South Africa. It adjacent to the Historical city center and Shopping district. It was estimate that the park station will has 245157 passengers per day in 2025 (Arup, 2015). As image 1. Location shows, main transport modes toward park station are 35.8% rail, 33.0% taxi, and 27.5% pedestrian. Then, after analyzed the pedestrian movement, taxi movement and location of informal trading, it was found that De villers street, Plein street, Lilian street and Wanderers street suffered congestion problem. De villers street’s congestion mainly caused by street vendors occupied sidewalks. Plein street and Lilian street’s congestion is owing to too many cars (mainly refer to taxi). Wanderers street has congestion because of high volume of pedestrian and taxi. To summarize, the congestion problem is major caused by large amount of informal traders and vehicles in this area.

 

TACTICAL INTERVENTION

Generally, tactical intervention was divided into two aspects: dealing with vehicles and informal trader. Regarding vehicles, we put forward the 8 mins/500meters pedestrian friendly zone for limit space and high transport volume of this area. It can be achieved by tactical intervention of encouraging pedestrian (intersection improvement) and control vehicles (leading traffic flow and setting restriction). Regarding informal traders, better management strategies are proposed.

 

IMPACT ANALYSIS

SHORT TERM

Alleviating congestion

Pedestrian friendly environment, safer, more accessible

Normative vehicles and informal trader

 

LONG TERM

Transport: if these tactical interventions work, they can be use in congestion areas with similar condition

Ecology: Less pollution, healthier environment

Economy: slow traffic benefit to the adjacent shops

Social: alleviating social conflicts between pedestrian & informal trader, pedestrian & taxi driver

Culture: forming a pedestrian priority environment and culture, get used to walking, cycling and public transport.

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Xingyuan Chen