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Buses now barred from setting down passengers at Portmore Toll Road/Marcus Garvey Drive intersection - NWA

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2018 | 10:55 AM
Traffic snarl on the Portmore Toll Road near Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston.

As part of measures to reduce traffic snarls on the Portmore Toll Road, buses travelling from the direction of Portmore will not be allowed to set down passengers in the vicinity of the overhead bridge where the Portmore Toll Road intersects with Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston.

The NWA says this change becomes effective tomorrow.

The NWA says it has been meeting with the police, Trans-Jamaica Highway and the National Road Operating and Construction Company (NROCC) on the issue of the traffic snarls along the Portmore Toll, especially since the opening of the new Chesterfield Road.

Communication manager at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, says based on observations, the traffic snarl on the toll road is being caused by constant pedestrian interruptions to vehicular flow.

According to Shaw, the buses which are operated by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) and its franchise holders have been setting down passengers near the bridge. The majority of these passengers then walk across the traffic as they head across the median to the port.

Shaw says consultations have been had with the JUTC and the decision made to have all buses travel through the port, where they will properly set down passengers who are heading into that area. Consequently, he said no stopping will, therefore, be allowed on the toll road. Persons wishing to disembark vehicles for Three Miles direction will be allowed to do so, on the section of Marcus Garvey Drive that leads to that area.

Shaw says the NWA is contemplating other changes, as it seeks to optimise the use of both the Portmore Toll and Chesterfield Drive.

In the meantime, he is urging especially pedestrians desist from climbing the median along the Portmore Toll, as they are putting themselves at risk of injury or death.

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