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One of the aims of the Cato Manor Development project is to encourage a public transport-minded culture. People should have access to the opportunities within Cato Manor and facilities in the rest of the Durban metropolitan area without having to own a car.

The use of high-density, mixed use spines as main structuring elements provides the opportunity for an integrated land-use / transportation approach.

The public transport and road network also provides a means whereby Cato Manor can be integrated with the rest of Durban while internal connections ensure improved mobility within the area.

Transport demand was determined through consideration of future population and employment. Approximately 35000 peak-hour trips will be generated by the planned population for Cato Manor. This demand, together with the projected land use densities and topography conclude that a road-based public transport mode would be most appropriate for Cato Manor. A "bus-a-minute" concept along activity corridors has informed the transport planning for the area.

The main elements of the public transport system are as follows:

  • A major transport axis along the Booth Road / Francois Road activity spine. This provides the main east-west traffic route through Cato Manor and includes a high density public transport route via Francois Road linking to the city via the Gale Street/Umbilo Road network.
  • A major transport axis along Bellair Road. This would not cater for high volumes of car traffic, but would have high volumes of public transport (190 public transport trips per peak hour).
  • A major arterial road - the Cato Manor arterial - providing a high capacity north-south route through Cato Manor.
  • An interchange onto the N2 at Booth Road is proposed to improve accessibility to the area and open up economic opportunities.
Cato Crest Collector Roads
Cato Crest Collector Roads
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Booth Road
Booth Road
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The planning of the transport system is guided by the following principles:

  • Emphasis on public transport
    • Good public transport system provided before travel patterns become entrenched.
    • Special treatment to public transport on activity corridors to ensure a fast, effective service.
  • Enhanced viability of mixed-use activity spines
    • Economic and social benefits of activity spines realised as main public transport services along these spines enhance accessibility and visibility.
  • High levels of accessibility
    • Linkages with Metropolitan network promoted without encouraging through-traffic
  • Integration with metropolitan transport system
    • Thresholds enhanced and assist in developing viable public transport systems
  • Careful attention to pedestrian environment
    • Safety and amenity of pedestrians ensured
  • Environmental and amenity concerns
    • Sensitive natural environments safeguarded
  • Support to policies of the RDP
    • Empowerment of small, medium and micro enterprise in provision of transpor
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