Century City ready for bumper festive season
Century City and its key stakeholders have been busy putting preparations in place for a bumper 2015 festive season.
Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA), says the Operational Management Forum, which includes representatives from Canal Walk, Ratanga Junction, major commercial buildings, residential developments, SAPS, Century City management and Century City security have met to co-ordinate planning around law enforcement, security, traffic and disaster management issues within the precinct.
He says in terms of traffic management, all the signalized intersections are on the scoot system which should result in signal timings changing automatically according to real time traffic patterns.
“The Century City Control Centre will also closely monitor the timing settings of all traffic signals and request adjustments as and when circumstances demand.”
Blackshaw said there had been extensive and ongoing liaison with Goodwood Traffic Management Centre throughout the year and the Century City Control Centre now had a direct line to the Traffic Systems Operations manager to facilitate rapid adjustment to the timing settings if required.
“In addition the Century City Control Centre has implemented a Traffic Management CCTV console, manned by a trained operator, to manage traffic patterns and signals in and around Century City.”
He says Century City’s two dedicated Traffic Officers will work split shifts between 06h00 – 22h00 and the two contracted Law Enforcement Officers will also be used to assist with traffic flows over peak periods if required.
Canal Walk will have extra parking assistants on duty to assist with the flow of traffic and there will be temporary parking signage guiding traffic both off the Boulevard and within Canal Walk parking areas. An additional full-time Traffic Marshal will also be on duty at the Lions Bridge entrance to the shopping centre.
Furthermore, the recently installed Variable Messaging System will be used to warn motorists of any traffic congestion, accidents and general messaging.
He says current road works on Sable Road and Bosmansdam Road will be completed by the end of November and the additional lanes on Sable Road will be fully operational during the Festive Season.
To accommodate Canal Walk’s extended trading hours, the MyCiTi service will operate until 22h30 and late night Golden Arrow busses will also depart at that time.
In terms of security, Blackshaw says all Century City security service providers will be on heightened alert over the festive period and a new Vehicle Check Point trailer will be strategically placed around Century City to improve visible security over the peak season. The License Plate Recognition system which monitors all vehicles entering and leaving Century City will be fully operational.
Blackshaw reiterated that in the event of an emergency the Century City Control Centre should be contacted first and they in turn will contact SAPS, City Traffic Control Centre and other emergency services. The contact number for the 24/7 Control Centre is 021 202 1000.