Priority lanes for passenger buses; Heavy traffic in Rajagiriya

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Heavy traffic was reported between Welikada and Rajagiriya since this morning due to the implementation of the pilot project on priority lanes for passenger buses.

The pilot project- Priority lane, which provides dual lanes as priority lanes for passenger buses was initiated at Rajagiriya yesterday morning with the participation of the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka and Civil Aviation and Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.

The project which was introduced as a long term solution for the heavy traffic congestion in Colombo will be conduct as a trial version for a period of one week and will be concluded on March 19.

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  • ANTON Monday, 13 March 2017 10:20 AM


    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 13 March 2017 10:21 AM

    When an incompetent Police in addition to an incompetent Minister get together, the result is utter chaos.

    mm Monday, 13 March 2017 10:20 AM

    it only made traffic worse today. but already the pavements are being demolished to make space for a bus lane. via DM iOS App

    is Monday, 13 March 2017 10:21 AM

    how would traffic reduce when the usual three lanes after the construction ares was made two lanes today. these people have zero common sense via DM iOS App

    al Monday, 13 March 2017 10:39 AM

    took me 2.5 hours to get to office unlike during normal days of 12 hour. who was the brain child behind this to test it now with the rajagiriya bridge construction no wonder our country still progressing in reverse. via DM Android App

    MSR Monday, 13 March 2017 10:42 AM

    Traffic plan did not go smoothly. it was such a mess and we arrived 40 minutes late. Why is it so difficult for the authorities to understand major traffic is due to poor public transportation? People bring their private vehicles because public transportation is sooo poor. We don't need flyovers, we need more public transport vehicles.Let me quote what Mayor of Bogota says " A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transportation".

    Yehiya Monday, 13 March 2017 10:46 AM

    Promote the public transport. This is good move. First priority to public transport.

    sanjay hetiarachchi Monday, 13 March 2017 11:04 AM

    Really a stupid move.What on earth was the minister thinking when a flyover construction is going on and the vehicles are already restricted to two lanes,now this.No wonder this is really miracle of Asia.

    lonta Monday, 13 March 2017 11:11 AM

    If you use the public transport it may be fast .. change ur attitude ! , not only the lane

    doug Monday, 13 March 2017 11:17 AM

    this was a real disaster, we know now what to expect under megalopolis, more unplanned, short sited, stupid experiments at the expense of public.

    UJ Monday, 13 March 2017 11:27 AM

    New strategies are most welcome to improve traffic situation on the parliament road. But these strategies have to be realistic, carefully planned and effectively implemented. None of those were visible today. I leave my residence at Ethulkotte around 6.25am daily. It takes only 15 mins for me to pass the Ayurveda junction till last Friday. But today it took around 50minutes. There were 3 lanes of traffic from Kotte side and 1 additional lane on the other side making it 4 lanes of traffic up to Buthgamuwa cross road. Then the construction begins and the 3 lanes becomes 2 creating chaos. In another 20meters construction on the center and 2 1 lane of traffic trying to get in to the 2 lanes to pass welikada junction towards Colombo. No police personnel on site at these points. I spoke to a Police Officer and he simply told me that they don't have enough officers to deploy. In that case such changes should not have been implemented.

    Blair Monday, 13 March 2017 11:30 AM

    This situation was predicted and commented. When two lanes are used by buses, where the hell the other traffic goes. There is no other solution than implementing the MRT. MAY GOD BLESS THE PUNDITS WHO ADVISE THE MINISTER.

    UJ Monday, 13 March 2017 11:32 AM

    I would like to suggest that Police deploy sufficient number of traffic cops from Parliament roundabout till Devi Balika traffic lights to enforce lane discipline. I am sure the Government should be able to collect millions in fines in the first week or so especially from 3wheels and busses going astray across lanes causing traffic to get worse. If the lane discipline is enforced fully, traffic will ease off as movements will be very smooth and fast.

    baba Tuesday, 14 March 2017 05:13 AM

    Use public transport

    Rider Monday, 13 March 2017 11:38 AM

    Good concept poorly planned and implemented, as usual. Idea is to give more space to public transport so its faster. Thus encouraging car user to take the bus. They should have started a campaign few weeks earlier asking car user to keep car home this particular day. There should be more luxury buses...and 'park and ride' car parks

    UJ Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:26 AM

    Well done Police. Traffic situation in the morning down parliament road today was much improved. Police officers were there to direct traffic which helped vehicles move smoothly. Drivers should also behave and follow lane discipline. Unfortunately some of the drivers are not obeying lane rules and trying to cut across all over messing up the flow. Not sure educating drivers alone will take us there. It is high time for Police to consider enforcement seriously.

    warnakulasuriyalujesericwalter.lowe Monday, 13 March 2017 02:41 PM

    Seems to be a good concept for the purpose of reducing private traffic

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