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Review for road system

Nanise Loanakadavu
Thursday, February 06, 2014

THE highly-congested Suva-Nausori corridor, Suva bus stand, market and walkway have prompted FRA to review a 13-year-old transportation strategy.

And the authority said it would ensure Suva is a city that had the potential to grow but remain an enjoyable place.

The new development will include curbs for wheelchair pedestrians, those who walk with crutches and safe areas for young children and older people who take time to cross the roads.

FRA performance manger Christine Serreyn said in six months they would have documents they could use actively to move forward.

She said things changed so rapidly in Suva and in order to integrate the changes they would have to gather views of stakeholders and identify solutions.

"It's not a rhetorical study but a practical document so people can work with it," Ms Serreyn said.

"We are looking at walking and cycling access, but also freight, businesses, cafes and restaurants."

Ms Serreyn said businesses were just as important a stakeholder as people living in Suva. The two, she said, could not go without each other.

She said the project would be for society and not just for disabled people.

She said while reviewing the strategy, collaboration and disclosure of information would be important factors.

She said this was a government-funded project and the amount was commercially sensitive.

Predict Consultants, the independent external consultant awarded the contract, said FRA knew that it was time to update the study and to come up with new options and solutions on what's relevant for the greater Suva area today.

"We are looking at busses, private vehicles, minibuses, cycling and walking and how they can integrate together," senior transportation consultant John Richardson said.








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