Our traffic overview

Fred Wesley

Fred Wesley

The revelation that the Government has admitted that there are a lot of aging infrastructures, particularly in Suva, is interesting.

Responding to a question by Opposition member Aseri Radrodro on how the Fiji Roads Authority was working to ease traffic jams, Acting Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said once road upgrades were completed, travel time would be much better.

The reality, he said, was that once these roads were completed, there would be “a very smooth flow of traffic and indeed much better roads that we will travel on, and not some optional approach to these aging infrastructures that we do have, in particular around Suva”.

Many of the roads, he said, were tar sealed in the 1950s or so.

The FRA, he said, was working on upgrading many of Fiji’s roads and was also working to minimise disruption to traffic. A number of practices, he said, had been adopted to ensure this.

He spoke about a dedicated bus lane as part of four lanes of traffic. More people would then be encouraged to catch the bus.

There was a need though to improve the quality of buses and roads.

“The best way of course is we need to get the four lane roads, get dedicated bus lanes, make it easier for people to catch those buses and make the buses attractive,” he said yesterday in Parliament.

The comments came as traffic congestion slowly eased on some roads leading into the Capital City yesterday after the completion of road works.

As commuters noticed a slight improvement in congestion issues, the challenge now shifts to the powers that be to be proactive.

Some drivers are still playing with the law.

Some cabbies and bus drivers were still breaking the law to get ahead of the queue yesterday. Some were still cutting corners and forcing their way into the front of the queue at key intersections.

It begs the question of whether they have any appreciation at all of the frustrations and anger drivers who stick to the law face.

The law must come down hard on such inconsiderate drivers.

It was good to see a better flow of traffic at key intersections.

There is hope though that this can improve.

Surely the revelation by the minister is encouraging and would be welcomed by many.

The onus though is on daily commuters around the country to adhere to the laws that govern road usage.

The issue certainly isn’t confined to Suva only. Otherwise we will all be frustrated and angry daily.

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