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Public outcry over peak time travel

Luke Nacei
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

THE Fiji Roads Authority has refuted claims from commuters there is more traffic congestion along the Suva-Nausori corridor during peak hours this week.

FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore was responding to questions sent by this newspaper.

"FRA refutes this, in fact there has been less traffic jam along the Nausori and Suva corridor," said Mr Moore.

Commuters in the Suva-Nausori corridor have vented their frustration on social media on travelling time to the Capital City in the mornings and evenings.

A motorist travelling daily from Nausori to Suva claimed a journey that took him 45 minutes this time last year was now taking three hours.

"We leave home as early as 5am now because I have to drop my children in school and even then we still reach school at 8am or after," he claimed

"It's good that roads are being repaired, but our request is for traffic to be well co-ordinated during peak hours so people do not get late for school and work."

Another commuter travelling from Kalabu says the best time for her to leave home is 7am.

"If I don't leave home at 7am then I will not be able to reach office at 9am.

"Road workers need to work on their project time schedule to finish their projects on time, especially for the main roads."

Meanwhile, Mr Moore said continuing night works at Nokonoko Rd and Nokonoko roundabout had been substantially completed.

"This is planned mill and fill works — and work is substantially complete.

"The works only start at 9pm and crew leave site at 5am, so there are no crews working during peak hours," he said.

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