Traffic chaos in city

2017-07-31 13:40
Motorists call for more to be done to alleviate peak hour congestion.

Motorists call for more to be done to alleviate peak hour congestion. (File)

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What used to be an easy and fairly quick drive to work in the mornings has turned into a nightmare and complete mayhem.

Schools re-opened last Monday, which meant we all expected the usual traffic delays and added at least 15 minutes to our commute.

But what we did not expect was that 15 minutes to last at least one hour for some. Motorists took to social media and wrote letters to Witness Warriors to raise the roof about the traffic chaos they are faced with every morning.

“The morning traffic from the northern suburbs is just ridiculous,” said Ridwaan Dawood.

He said it took him an hour to drive from Raisethorpe to the N3 on-ramp, making it a “nightmare” drive.

He said that in most cases, he was left in standstill traffic.

“The taxi drivers also think they are the only people stuck in traffic and break all the rules of the road,” he added.

Dawood called on the city’s traffic authorities to urgently intervene, saying that “at times” the pointsmen at some of the traffic lights “waste time”.

“With all due respect, the pointsmen at the robots are making this an even bigger nightmare as the traffic flow was much better using the robots,” he said.

Another frustrated motorist, Araadhna Jadoo, said it had taken her almost an hour to drive a distance of eight kilometres as all routes from the northern suburbs were gridlocked.

“I understand that the traffic department is trying [to help] but sadly it makes the congestion worse. Minibus taxis and vehicles insist on driving in the oncoming lanes during peak traffic and there is soon going to be a very scary accident,” Jadoo said.

She thanked Superintendent Tarr in the traffic department for her efforts but added that more needed to be done to alleviate the traffic congestion.

Andhira Singh also raised the traffic mayhem issue last month, saying that the intersection of Chota Motala and Mysore roads was “one big helluva mix-up”. Singh said that motorists were using the wrong lanes to turn from Mysore Road into [Chota Motala Road].

“Others have total disregard for the rules and then they look at you in a bad way as if you are wrong,” she said.

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