Paper presented at the 28th Annual Southern African Transport Conference 6 - 9 July 2009 "Sustainable Transport", CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa.
This paper examines and evaluates the role of a pre-planned and co-ordinated response to road incidents on the Bakwena N4 toll road in the North West Province. In light of rapidly increasing traffic volumes, concerns regarding the consequences should anything "go wrong" are addressed by using the IMS which is currently in place as a model. It is maintained that IMS plays a vital part in the sustainability of road transport in the country, but that not enough consideration is given by relevant authorities to the allocation of resources. It is felt that this is particularly applicable in the North West Province where considerable attention is being focused on traffic planning for 2010.
Shortcomings of the N4 IMS are discussed whilst highlighting benefits. Traffic and accident data is briefly summarised in order to draw attention to particular areas of concern. It is concluded that IMS should be elevated to provincial level in the North West and developed and implemented on all major routes; ensuring that it forms an integral part of transport corridors.
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