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JUTC apologises after highway traffic build-up

Published:Thursday | October 24, 2013 | 12:35 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio



The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has apologised to commuters who were this morning stuck in traffic as a result of changes to the traffic flow along the Mandela Highway in St Catherine.




The state run bus company intends to implement a bus lane along the thoroughfare in an attempt to ease the flow of traffic during peak morning and evening hours.



However, this morning’s trial run left many commuters upset as they were stuck in traffic for longer than they expected.



Marketing and Communications Manager Clinton Clarke has blamed the curiosity of some commuters for the further delays which were experienced, noting that many slowed down to observe what was taking place.



He has also taken blame for not providing commuters with adequate notice before the JUTC and the police embarked on the trial run.



Clarke said the company will be carrying out another trial run next Tuesday.

He said the company hopes to resolve certain challenges which were observed during this morning’s operation.



The operation saw the westbound lanes of the dual carriageway along Mandela Highway being converted to two-way traffic from Caymanas Bay to the Plantation Heights entrance.



The change is slated to take effect on November 1 and will last for three months.



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