By Classfmonline.com on 2018-12-29 20:33:57
Each day in the city of Accra is characterized by intense traffic, however, the situation becomes worse during the Christmas season. Accra’s current population of over 2 million and an additional 1...
Each day in the city of Accra is characterized by intense traffic, however, the situation becomes worse during the Christmas season. Accra’s current population of over 2 million and an additional 1.5 million visitors and commuters doubles during the Christmas festivities. The CBD becomes everyone’s destination during these times, experiencing more intense traffic jams day and night.
Traffic congestion condition in Accra occurs as a result of excessive use of road infrastructure beyond capacity, and slower speeds, longer trip hours and increased vehicular queuing characterize it.
Any city that is economically active and vibrant will rarely be free from traffic congestion. This can also be considered as an indicator of economic growth even though its impact on urban lifestyle can be an indicator of a deterioration of urban life.
Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s (AMA) as part of efforts to enhance mobility, traffic flow and maintain sanity in the CBD before, during and after the Christmas festivities, has mapped out some strategies to deal with the issue.
These include public education, enforcement of road traffic regulations, and provision of adequate parking spaces to help manage traffic congestion in the central business district.
The Assembly in collaboration with the Accra Central Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) has deployed more Police Officers and Metropolitan City Guards to manage and ensure free flow of traffic. Arrests and prosecution of recalcitrant motorists who flout road safety regulations is also a part of this strategy.
Towards this end the Assembly in partnership with the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (AMA-BIGRS) has donated more equipment to the Accra Central MTTD with policing accessories to enable the Department work more efficiently.
To enhance pedestrian safety during this season and beyond, the road safety enhancement works at Lapaz intersection is progressing steadily.
The Assembly has also liaised with parking enforcement agencies and equipped its metro security department to intensify parking enforcement in the city. Parking at unauthorized places contribute to traffic congestion and is an offence under Act 683 of the Road Traffic Act 2004 and AMA bye-laws.
The AMA recognizes that ensuring and maintaining sanity, free flow of traffic and increased mobility in Accra cannot be attained by city authorities and MTTD alone but by city dwellers alike.
As we enjoy the holidays, let us all be mindful of the effects of reducing traffic congestion by parking at the right places, respecting road signs and also obeying road traffic regulations.
AMA wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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