The Dutch government has been asked to help fund a R550 million project to roll out the Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system to Khayelitsha and surrounding areas.
The City of Cape Town’s plan for Khayelitsha includes a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system trunk route, a feeder system with bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways and five public transport interchanges.
The project is part of the city’s IRT plan and will be partly funded by the Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Facility for Infrastructure Development (Orio), if the city’s application for grant funding is successful.
Mayoral committee member for transport, roads and stormwater Brett Herron said the funding was expected to speed up the delivery of the IRT system in Khayelitsha and the Metro South East, which have not benefited from the system servicing the west coast and the inner city.
A report outlining the funding application notes that the total estimated project cost is R550m of which the Dutch would provide R195m. An application to the government will be made for the rest