Motorists urged to heed new traffic signals

Upper South Coast motorists who have cause to travel to Pinetown are advised of the new traffic signalling which has been installed along Josiah Gumede and Qashana Khuzwayo Roads in Pinetown and New Germany.

These will come into full use when the GO!Durban bus rapid transit system along the new dedicated bus lanes becomes operational next year.

Motorists using these roads are urged to familiarise themselves as to how the new signals now work. Going forward,  buses travelling in the dedicated bus lanes will be turning into and out of Anderson, Qashana and Dinkelman roads and crossing intersections along Josiah Gumede Avenue and Qashana Khuzawyo road.

Traffic signals looking east up Josiah Gumede Avenue in Pinetown – showing the new signalling on the roads with the bus signals covered until such time as GO!Durban buses become operational.

 

The sign (white arrow on a black background) above a traffic signal head indicates the movement controlled by that traffic signal face (red/amber/green). When the green arrow signals are displayed only those particular movements are permitted. Whenever a red signal is displayed, then the movement indicated by the sign above it is not permitted.

The traffic signal face with the green arrows pointing up and left indicates only straight through and left turn movements are permitted.

The traffic signal face with the green arrow pointing right indicates only right turn movements are permitted.

The larger traffic signal face, which has a sign above it reading bus, will only be active when the bus operations start and these faces permit only the buses to proceed. For now these bus traffic signal faces are covered and/or are switched off – but are all inactive.

“We urge drivers and pedestrians to heed the new signal systems and get use to them in time for when the new buses becomes operational,” said Carlos Esteves, head of road system management at the eThekwini Transport Authority. “The signals are simple to follow but are unfamiliar at the moment, so we call on everyone to proceed with caution and mindfulness.”

 

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