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New Traffic Plan

May 30, 2008

I must say, today was much better, than the chaos and pandemonium encountered yesterday. Why? Because motorist knew what to expect. So my question is.. is it too much to ask for these darn cops to let the motorists know abt the changes they are going to adopt, before hand rather than letting them experienced them first hand?

It’s not like the media institutes don’t have air time or ad space to cover a pic of the “New Traffic Plan”, so the motorists know, which roads to avoid and what route to take. Well it’s Sri Lanka. So why bother. Here’s my bit to educate the uneducated.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2008 4:13 pm

    i went that way today and was going around and around………. and so late for a meeting… ahh tthe roads in colombo…. I dont know isn’t it a bit too complicated to have these changes?

  2. May 30, 2008 4:34 pm

    well it’s just like the other one way routes in cmb. It’s good for those who are just passing by. Ensures a less traffic route to their destination. Eg : From Wellawatte to Fort.

    But for those who living in the midst of it, or have their destinations in the midst of these one way plans, it’s a HUGE inconvenience, of going round and round in circles to a place that you probably can walk across the road much faster. This is why I complain soo much. I’m right in the bloody epicenter of it. 😦

    Ok, I guess I gave out more info for the stalkers out there.. So i’ll shut up now. Atleast my civic duty is done. 😀

  3. May 30, 2008 6:22 pm

    I must say @ 1st glance that looked about as straightforward as the offspring of a pretzel and a corkscrew.

    Open question. think this’ll work?

  4. robincruz permalink
    May 30, 2008 7:52 pm

    I’m old enough to remember the time when the so-called Uniflow system was introduced in Fort. There were weeks of discussion in the newspapers, with maps and statistics analysed and displayed before the plan was implemented.

    In this case it was just announced – midnight tonight! Like a curfew. That’s why I think it is not a traffic plan, but some sort of “security” plan to protect the “innocent”. And to hell with the public!

  5. Sachith permalink
    May 30, 2008 10:49 pm

    Thanks a lot……yesterday I had to walk a long way..not knowing where the hell the buses are going…Why can’t they just inform???

  6. June 3, 2008 8:48 am

    i know this is probably a huge inconvenience to all concerned, but we are witnessing colombo being changed. ppl probably complained when their houses were reclaimed and big roads like galle road, duplication road etc were built. but in the end such developments are necessary. this includes developments in traffic flow.

    all major capitals in the world have uni flow systems in place, and they are proven to reduce congestion. even in SL the galle road/duplication road uniflow helped, even though at first ppl were critical about it. i’m sure with time, everyone will come to accept that this is for the better. i know it’ll probably always be an inconvenience for ppl living within these limits (ahem), but it’s a small inconvenience for you, considering the inconvenience ppl living outside the city have to face to come in every day.

    while i agree that the plans could’ve been better publicised so that motorists were made aware, lets be honest, that was never one of our strong points right?

  7. June 3, 2008 9:01 am

    Well.. are we just going to accept the fact that its not our strong point and just live with it, or do something about it.

    The fact of the matter is, whether it works or not it is here to stay. No body has a choice. More importantly, these one way plans are NOT made for the convenience of the people. This is all a plan for efficient way of blocking all routes to ensure secure VVIP travel. Now by closing one point, they are ensured everybody is blocked, where as those days they had to close soo many alternative routes too.

  8. June 3, 2008 11:29 am

    i wouldnt necessarily agree with u there. the one way system for colombo has been a point of discussion for quite sometime. although it is definitely a good argument that it benefits the politicians’ motorcades, i still think that if followed properly, it’ll lead to easier travel…after all, congested cities such as london, singapore, new york, (from what i know) all have one way systems. it does help traffic. they cant all be wrong right?

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