Joburg traffic light mess

Four major roads in Johannesburg, namely Beyers Naudé , William Nicol, Witkoppen, and Malibongwe Drive, have registered in excess of 5,000 traffic outages since 2013.

This is according to a report in the Sunday Times, which noted that the outages numbered 182 per month on these roads alone.

Citing statistics from the Traffic FreeFlow, the report said that additional arterial roads which have seen the bulk of faulty lights over the past 30 months include:

Rivonia Road – 1,446 incidents
The M1 – 1,188 incidents
Grayston Drive – 757 incidents
Empire Road – 693 incidents
Heidelberg Road514 incidents

Traffic FreeFlow, the company behind the OUTsurance points-guards, reported close on 45,000 deployments in Johannesburg and Pretoria in 30 months to the end of June 2015.

Read: How long it takes to fix Joburg traffic lights

The company said that approximately nine in 10 cases related to outages caused by faults, cable theft or power cuts.

The Times said that Joburg and Tshwane metros are in the process of installing uninterrupted power supply mechanisms on traffic lights in order to help negate power outages, caused by Eskom due to a current lack of supply.

The paper said that 40 uninterrupted power supply systems have been installed in Pretoria, and while 200 have been installed in Johannesburg, they are in need of replacing because of theft.

Johannesburg Roads Agency told BusinessTech earlier this year that traffic signal component faults are repaired within 24 hours.

The agency said that it has 2,111 signalised intersections in Joburg, and 14 technicians to service them.

The full report can be read in the Sunday Times of 06 September 2015.

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