Abandoned BRT lane construction: Commuters groan as gridlock, floods affect traffic flow

By Idris Oukoya

Lagos state, July 2, 2019 (NAN) Commuters plying through Ajah-Badore expressway, had expressed displeasure over incessant gridlock, flooding affecting traffic flow by Jubilee Flyover bridge in Ajah area.

The commuters expressed their displeasures in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos, on Tuesday.

Motorists and residents of Ajah community also lamented on the heavy flooding affecting the environment.

Mr Rasheed Adisa, a motorist, lamented on incessant gridlock on the Jubilee bridge, as a result of indiscriminate packing by BRT buses as well as other commercial buses and flooding.

“Business activities have been paralysed in the area due to heavy vehicular traffic.

“It has not been a good patronages for motorists and investors in that area, since last year when the BRT Terminal was abandoned .

“The heavy rain pour is also causing lots of havoc in the environment.

“The abandoned BRT lane contributed to the problem, as erosion flows through the abandoned BRT lane, “he said.

A union, Mr Isaac Amadi, revealed that National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW),Ajah branch, had taken several steps to get the attention of government, especially LAMATA to no avail.

He said that the union had written letter to the government through the office of Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) to speed up completion of the abandoned BRT construction lane to reduce traffic in that axis.

According to him, LAMATA are the contractor in charge of the BRT lane construction.

“We appealed to the present government to give adequate attention to the speedy completion of the project.

“We have written letter to Lagos State Government and Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA), but we are still awaiting their positive response.

“We are pleading with the Gov. Sanwo-Olu-led administration to use his good office to complete the ongoing projects across the state.

“The state government should complete the terminal at Ajah by Jubilee bridge side in order to ease the suffering of motorists and boost business activities in that axis, ” he said.

Also, Mr Tayo Razak, a bus driver, implored the incumbent authority to make the trend of abandoned project a thing of the past in the state, while ensuring that all projects were completed.

He said that the deplorable state of roads has caused him to spend more than he earns to fix his bus due to incessant damage.

He added that incessant hold up on Jubilee bridge was due to the fact that there is no BRT Terminals for BRT Buses to pack.

“The terminals which has been under construction for more than a year now has been abandon by the contractor (LAMATA).

“BRT and commercial Buses now uses Ajah expressway to pick and disembark passengers, thereby causing gridlock on the highway, ” he said.

Razak mentioned affected streets in the area as: Thomas Estate link road, Badore road, Langbasa road, NEPA road by the bridge side, amongst others. (NAN).

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