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We’ve new measures to ensure free flow of traffic – MTTD

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The Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) has assured it has put in place measures to ensure the free flow of vehicular traffic ahead of the festive season.

There have been complaints of gridlocks in parts of the Accra metropolis with some attributing it to the absence of Police personnel on the roads, the indiscipline of drivers and other road users.

But speaking on Citi Breakfast Show on Monday, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the MTTD, Inspector Simon Tenku indicated that the MTTD, as part of its strategy to manage the traffic situation in the capital, has deployed personnel who patrol on motorbikes and on foot to ensure order and free flow of traffic.

“Generally we look at the where the situation is much problematic and I must say that with those on motorbikes, they do patrol and wherever they find the situation chaotic, they make their presence felt over there. ”

He also attributed the traffic build up to the upcoming Christmas season which he said encouraged most people from different parts of the country to travel to the Accra especially the central business district.

“The season we find ourselves in has somewhat become a perennial affair. Christmas is just around the corner and the traffic build up is not just within the Accra-Tema metropolis a lot of vehicles are coming from the hinterlands and some even from the West Coast to do their shopping in Accra so the buildup is becoming a challenge.”

“Another problem we face especially in the Central Business district is, we have a challenge with parking space and this is because of the demand and more people trooping towards the Central Business district.”

He however noted that the Police administration was “on top of the issues and there is a national operational order to make sure some of these things are checked.”

‘Heavy traffic frustrate drivers’

Ahead of this year’s Christmas festivities, many drivers have expressed dissatisfaction at the traffic situation in Accra. Most highways in the capital are consistently characterised by heavy vehicular traffic.

Some passengers have said the situation is affecting their productivity as they often have to spend working hours in traffic and sometimes leave the office early enough to avoid the rush hour in the evening.

By: Jonas Nyabor/

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