. . . major roads to be restored
. . . trains ferrying thousands
Talent Gore, H-Metro Reporter
Government has come up with strategies to eliminate traffic congestion.
Speaking during the post-cabinet media briefing yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the interventions and projects are categorized under infrastructure, enhanced public transport logistics and enforcement.
“Government is embarking on an exercise to repair street lights along major trunk roads. Repair, upgrading of traffic lights and signals at major junctions,” she said.
“There shall be the installation of new traffic signals; addition of filter lanes at roundabouts and selected junctions.
“Government is also working on the introduction of dedicated bus lanes and carriageway markings; construction of proper kerbing and jersey barriers; completion of one way roads; widening and repair of roads; and improvement of termini facilities.”
Minister Mutsvangwa said resurfacing of Seke road was over 80 percent complete while Simon Mazorodze/Paisley road junction asphalt overly was 75 percent complete.
“The resurfacing of Seke road is over 80% complete, while the Simon Mazorodze/Paisley Road Junction asphalt overlay, which will form part of the Mbudzi Traffic Interchange is over 75% complete,” she said.
“For the Mbudzi Interchange, designs have been completed as well as the selection of the detour roads namely, Chimhanda, Stoneridge, Amalinda and Forbes.”
Minister Mutsvangwa said an additional 50 buses new buses were received and commissioned for ZUPCO.
“An additional 50 buses new buses were received and commissioned for ZUPCO and the software for the electronic ticketing system was developed and certification was granted,” she said.
She added that the Mufakose Commuter train is now fully subscribed carrying up to 1 300 passengers per trip.
“The passenger train services were rolled out in Harare under the ZUPCO franchise and the Mufakose commuter train is now carrying up to 1 300 passengers per trip,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.
“Ruwa and Tynwald are slowly gaining momentum and the services are set to be extended to Bulawayo soon.”
Minister Mutsvangwa said the operation to remove illegal taxis and criminalizing trading at intersections was ongoing.
“On enforcement of traffic by-laws, there will be joint operations by Municipal traffic police and Zimbabwe Republic Police as well as the setting up of impounding yards,” she said.
“The operation to remove illegal taxis and criminalizing trading at intersections is ongoing, while deterrent fines are being charged for touting.”