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A new traffic plan will be introduced from Monday between 7.30 a.m. and 8.45 a.m. to ease the congestion in Colombo, the Police Department said yesterday.

Traffic DIG Amarasiri Senaratne said there was heavy traffic along Sri Jayewardenepura Road from parliament and Battaramulla towards Colombo. The most congested stretch has been identified as that leading from Welikada Junction to Devi Balika Vidyalaya because all buses enter Cotta Road via the Welikada Junction.

Under the new traffic plan all vehicles coming from Battaramulla to Colombo will be diverted to Sri Jayewardenepura Road opposite the Welikada Police to the Ayurveda roundabout while vehicles leaving Colombo will be diverted to Cotta Road from Borella towards Battarmulla.

Vehicles travelling along Nawala Road to Battaramulla are advised to use Sri Jayewardenepura Road and then turn right towards Sarana Road and then enter Cotta Road.

Meanwhile, police said Sri Jayewardenepura Road from Devi Balika Vidyalaya to Horton Place Roundabout would be made one-way for vehicles entering Colombo.

Vehicles from Kollupitiya towards Welikada are instructed to travel passing the Horton Place roundabout, Nanda Motors Junction, Independence Square, Gregory’s Road and Kynsey Road. From Kynsey Road vehicles will be diverted to the Kanatte Roundabout, Old Bullers Road and then to the Devi Balika Junction. Police said a traffic rehearsal would be held on Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and on Sunday from 7.30 a.m. to 8.45 a.m.

Police said another traffic plan to ease the congestion in Maragama would be introduced. They said a new road would be opened at Maharagama for vehicles coming towards the town along High-level Road.


This traffic plan will be implemented from 1.00 pm to 8.00 pm beginning from October 12 while a rehearsal will be held on Sunday from 9.00 to 10.00 am.
DIG Senaratne said they had informed the Road Development Authority (RDA), the Road Passenger Transport Authority and the local councils of Colombo and Maharagama about the new traffic plan. (Darshana Sanjeewa and Sanath Desmond)

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  • Neil Saturday, 10 October 2015 02:58 PM

    Reasons for so much traffic:1. Too many vehicles on the roads (specially due to reduction of tax on smaller vehicles)2. Road network not developed in par with the addition of new vehicles to the roads.3. Bad road manners (specially the three-wheeler drivers and the motor bikers).4. No proper parking facilities in the city.5. Poor public transport system (inadequate and uncomfortable).

    Lionking Friday, 09 October 2015 11:00 AM

    For god sake build new roads or highways..

    Melvin Friday, 09 October 2015 11:27 AM

    At least give the police credit for at least attempting to improve the traffic situation. Hats off!

    Manaram Friday, 09 October 2015 11:01 PM

    Please dedicate one lane for the 3 wheelers and motor cycles. So that the motor cars can be driven with some peace of mind.

    Josh Friday, 09 October 2015 01:54 PM

    Where to build? On your land? Would you give your land if you were living there to build a road?

    mayooresan Friday, 09 October 2015 03:04 PM

    Please improve the public transport. These short term solutions are not gonna fix the core of the issue.

    trafficcop Sunday, 11 October 2015 12:15 PM

    very inconvenient for some people who have to travel another 2-3 km a day almost 100 km a month thats a lot of extra expenses

    nimal Thursday, 15 October 2015 08:46 AM

    @Josh: Typical sri lankan selfishness...

    trafficcop Sunday, 11 October 2015 12:15 PM

    very inconvenient for some people who have to travel another 2-3 km a day almost 100 km a month thats a lot of extra expenses

    parliament road user Monday, 12 October 2015 08:45 AM

    This happens when artists draw traffic plans. Usually it takes 1.5hours. Today more than 2 hours on the road.

    Malinda Friday, 09 October 2015 10:01 AM

    there is a pipe laying project going on near the ambagaha junction in kudabuthgamuwa road and road is completely closed. Most of the vehicles entering Colombo from malabe, kelaniya took this this road to bypass battaramulla to welikada traffic and come out from obesekarapura road. now that route is closed and all the people coming from malabe are directly coming on parliament road. Now that is the exact reason behind sudden heavy traffic. This traffic plan will increase the congession becase now people have to go rounds to reach the destinations in welikada area and the vehicles waiting to turn to sarana road will block the parliament road too. ask the authorities to finish pipe laying then this traffic congession will ease out.

    Road User Saturday, 10 October 2015 02:14 PM

    This statement refers to "because all buses enter Cotta Road via the Welikada Junction". But the plans were made to have an overhead bridge at Welikada Junction.Ground work, e.g. deep drilling was also done. Money wasted for bad planning.

    Roo Sunday, 11 October 2015 07:34 PM

    MonoRail the need of the hour


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