The paper discusses the approach adopted for the development of fixed infrastructure for the George Integrated Public Transport Network (GIPTN) or as it is known by the public, the Go George system, as provided for in terms of the NLTA.
An ?infrastructure light? ?4-stage? approach was adopted for the provision of the required fixed infrastructure, with attention placed on the Stage 3 activities which deals more specifically, leading to the development of new bus stop design guidelines, with particular attention to the ?kerbside? passenger / pedestrian environment. It is in this regard that it was necessary to undertake considerable research into international practices (not described in this paper), and find adaptable solutions for the George situation, and which can be used more widely by others. Central to much of this is the issue of Universal Access Design for which there is a scarcity of local standards and guidelines, and the emphasis to be placed on urban modal priority in future.
The subject is a wide ranging, thus the paper is a mere introduction, but one that should be of considerable interest to many, particularly so as it challenges the traditional ?road designer? to respond differently. In doing so it opens the door to a more meaningful dialogue with other ?built environment? disciplines, and collectively striving towards the achievement of more sustainable urban settlements, the creation of more liveable towns and cities, and a better quality of life for all.
Paper presented at the 35th Annual Southern African Transport Conference 4-7 July 2016 "Transport ? a catalyst for socio-economic
growth and development opportunities to improve quality of life", CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa.