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The Development of Freeways
Against competition from motor transport the last tram ran from Adderley Street to Sea Point in 1939. At this time a Hillman Minx motor car could be bought for £258 (6 times the annual wage of an unskilled worker). Horse drawn carriages or 'hansom cabs' were still common in the 1930s but dwindled over the next decades.

Urban Planners engaged in a major land reclamation scheme to develop the Duncan Dock and provide space for freeways. 1959 saw the opening of De Waal Drive and Table Bay Boulevard, then in 1968 the Eastern Boulevard cut through the recently condemned District Six.

In 1978 the Western Bypass was built (though still has a missing section) and became a further barrier between the city and the shore.


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