Century City readies for bumper festive season
Century City is gearing up for yet another bumper festive season with millions of visitors expected to grace the precinct over this period.
Canal Walk alone is expected to attract more than 2.4 million shoppers in December, of which more than 100 000 are anticipated on Christmas Eve, according to Vanessa Herbst, marketing manager for the mall.
Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA) says the Operational Management Forum, which is driven by the CCPOA and which co-ordinates and facilitates law enforcement, security, traffic and disaster management issues within Century City, has been proactively preparing for the 2016 Festive Season.
Representatives from Canal Walk, Ratanga Junction, SAPS, City Law Enforcement, City Traffic and Century City Security recently met with CCPOA management to update the plan.
In terms of traffic, all the signalized intersections are on the SCOOT system which results in signal timings changing automatically according to real time traffic patterns.
Blackshaw said the Century City Control Centre would be working closely with the Goodwood Traffic Management Centre (TMC) to monitor the situation and to remotely adjust signal timings if required.
“And for the first time, the Century City Control Centre will be able to view selected Freeway traffic cameras via a new fibre link with the TMC.
“Real time traffic information on the surrounding freeways is useful as Century City traffic flows are directly affected by freeway traffic congestion. We will then be able to advise Century City motorists of trouble spots via our Variable Messaging System (VMS).”
Blackshaw said extra parking assistants will assist with flow of traffic into and out of Canal Walk and there will be temporary parking signage guiding traffic both off the Boulevard and within Canal Walk parking areas.
In addition Century City’s two Traffic Officers will work split shifts from 6h00 and 22h00 and an additional traffic marshal will be placed at the Lions Bridge entrance to assist with traffic management. Century City’s two contracted Law Enforcement Officers will also work the busiest shifts so they can help with traffic management if necessary.
Blackshaw said to accommodate the anticipated parking demand on peak days and on Sundays (when Hillsong Church require parking), Ratanga Junction will be using the parking garages at the Square and again VMS will be used to guide motorists.
Regarding public transport, he said the MyCiti and Golden Arrow will operate until 22h30 to accommodate the extended Canal Walk trading hours and mini bus taxi services had also been advised.
He said all Century City security service providers including the 24/7 CCPOA Control Centre, CCTV surveillance operators and the two Metro Law Enforcement Officers deployed to Century City will be on heightened alert and Canal Walk and Ratanga Junction had both stepped up their security.
“SAPS has included Century City in their Festive Season Plan. Foot and mounted horse patrols will be implemented on and around Century Boulevard, in Canal Walk and its parking areas.”
Blackshaw stressed that in the event of an emergency the Century City Control Centre should be contacted first hand who in turn would contact SAPS, City Traffic Control Centre and other emergency services.
The contact number for the 24/7 Control Centre is 021 202 1000.