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Toll hike driving traffic back to Mt Rosser

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2015 | 8:00 AM
FILE Motorists travelling along the Linstead-to-Moneague leg of the North-South Highway.

A recent announcement by Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies that the toll charges on the Linstead-to-Moneague leg of the toll road are to be increased by 80 per cent came as a shock to me and other frequent users of this highway.

Any draconian increase of this order would be counterproductive and is sure to result in a boycott of this highway and traffic turning back to the traditional Mount Rosser route.

Because of the steep gradient, many commercial vehicles are avoiding this highway. The road through the town of Old Harbour suffers from constant congestion because of traffic avoiding the toll road. The policy of periodically increasing toll on our roads needs to be re-examined.

Anyone who frequently uses Highway 2000 knows that at peak hours the traditional corridors are congested, whereas traffic on the toll roads is relatively light.

Common sense seems to suggest that a more reasonable toll would lead to increased traffic and redound to the benefit of the highway operators as well as motorists.

KEN NEWMAN

Cambria Farms

Linstead, St Catherine