The traffic situation at Abura in Cape Coast is under the radar of ATL FM. Earlier this month, a road safety advocate at the Regional Command of MTTD, Inspector Oppong Twumasi indicated to the host of Atlantic Wave, Theophilus Saki Sosi that the traffic situation at the area was as a result of the narrow nature of the road, the potholes on the stretch and congestion by traders on the shoulders of the road.
Inspector Oppong Twumasi debunked the claim that the presence of the police on that stretch was the reason for the traffic jam.
The blame game by stakeholders has attracted attention of drivers in the metropolis who are outlining a number of reasons for the traffic jam.
The drivers say most of their colleagues load passengers from the road side instead of the station. They add that the congestion created by traders at the shoulders of the road and reckless behavior of some drivers who make U-turns are also reasons for the intense traffic jam in the area.
The drivers say the traffic situation at the Abura stretch is having a toll on their operations.
‘’The traffic can even slow activity especially if the person is going to meet someone. For instance one time someone was sick at Efutu and was being rushed to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, due to traffic congestion the person nearly died. So the MCE and the metropolitan assembly should find a lorry park for these commercial cars to ease the congestion traffic."
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The drivers have accordingly made a passionate appeal to the Metropolitan Chief Executive to put measures in place to ease congestion there.
Meanwhile, ATL FM News can confirm that the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly [CCMA] has begun an exercise to decongest the market centres of illegal traders who have hijacked the shoulders of the road to market their wares, thereby causing traffic jam.
CCMA PRO Richmond Yeboah says the exercise began yesterday and will continue until sanity prevails.
Source: Mary Ama Bawa & Claudia Mensah / ATL FM News