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Thursday 14 December 2017
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Mixed reviews for Sando traffic plan

SMOOTH FLOW: San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello takes a firt-hand look at the new traffic plans in his city yesterday.

As the new school term opened yesterday, south taxi drivers were yesterday praising San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello for his input in implementing the new traffic plans across the city.

The taxi drivers and other motorists said it was a change for the best and that they were witnessing the fruits of the mayor’s work. A media release from the San Fernando City Corporation stated the positive impact on traffic congestion was seen at various critical points in the city centre yesterday morning.

“The various changes made throughout the city, such as the relocation of taxi stands, creation of lay-bys and widening of roads in key areas, all contributed to reducing congestion at Library Corner, Lord Street, Pointe -a -Pierre, Coffee Street and Harris Promenade areas,” the release said. Adding, the release said constant consultations with stakeholders such as the PTA of St Gabriel’s RC primary, proved pivotal as it ensured that this iteration of the traffic plan carried with it the essence of upcoming local government reform such that it engaged the citizens in meaningful productive manner.

“Additionally, by including the resources and input of the MP for San Fernando West Faris Al-Rawi, we are proud that these interactions encompassed a holistic approach to this undertaking,” the release said.

The release further stated the afternoon traffic congestion presented its own unique challenges. It noted that some discrepancies emerge but, these highlighted a cultural change needed from drivers, parents, and commuters.

Yesterday, taxi driver David Collins told Newsday he was impressed. “I saw it was working before school opened, but this morning I witness the free flow with the school being opened. I must say I am very impressed,”he said. Collins who had been a taxi driver for the past ten years said that when there is order there is no chaos. “The mayor had a plan and you can now see what he was doing,”he said.

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