But when you use Skybus, another thing stands out — the long slow access road that stretches from the terminal to Adderley Street.
The access road stretches for about 600 metres, and while it’s understandable that safety is important, to have an “express” bus start and end its journey in a long 10 kilometre per hour zone just seems a bit silly to me.
Last time I used it, there were speed humps along the way as well, which made for a bumpy ride, and I suspect leave a bad impression on passengers in terms of ride quality.
Along with enforcing the Express lanes, surely this is an easy fix? Even bringing the limit up to a moderate 40 or 50 (at least in the extensive non-undercover section) should allow safety but a faster ride?
Of course, longer term the service is struggling under increasing passenger numbers, despite being a minority mode for airport passengers. There comes a point where buses will no longer cope, and higher-capacity modes are needed.