First-year parking booms will go live in the coming week to improve safety and security

Boom: First-year parking to be accessible only to students with valid parking permits.                                                                                                                           Photo: Elizabeth-Jane Ringrose

Students have expressed concerns about the effect that new booms installed at first-year parking at the bottom of West Campus may have on the already congested traffic in the area.

The booms were installed in August and are expected to go live from Monday, September 24. The project was authorised by Protection Services and the Parking Office after a risk assessment test was done at the end of July.

First-year BA Digital Arts student, Jade Watermeyer, told Wits Vuvuzela, that, “There is normally quite a lot of congestion in the area, especially from about lunch time, so I’m a bit worried about the booms. The process is quite slow so I think [the booms] will cause even more traffic.”

John Skosana, security manager at Protection Services, told Wits Vuvuzela that the booms were installed for safety and security purposes.

First-year parking used to be accessible to everyone, including visitors, as the parking was open, however, with the installation of the booms it will only be accessible to students with valid parking permits.

“The parking is for students with valid parking permits only. It will no longer be used by visitors or students that get on to campus without permits and park in the space,” Parking Office manager Vijanthi Purmasir told Wits Vuvuzela.

She added that congestion would be monitored and dealt with accordingly.

“No Protection Services booth has been put up,” said Skosana. “If the students encounter system failure they must contact Protection Services at Robert Sobukwe 1.”

FEATURED IMAGE: Boom: First-year parking to be accessible only to students with valid parking permits. Photo: Elizabeth-Jane Ringrose

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