Residents in Brinchang up in arms over new one-way traffic system


BRINCHANG: At a time when two-way streets have served the town well despite traffic snarls, local residents here have petitioned against an experimental one-way traffic system implemented in the area recently.

After suffering chaotic traffic for many days caused by the one-way system, with at least half a dozen motor vehicle accidents to date, the local residents came together to sign a petition asking for the system to be scrapped.

Regional Environment Awareness Cameron Highlands (REACH) president Ramakrishnan Ramasamy said more than 1,000 signatures had been collected.

"Residents are unhappy that the unsuitable diversion of traffic due to the one-way lanes has blocked easy access to certain parts of the town and affected daily routines and business activities.

"The one-way traffic system is nowhere near the initial objective of solving traffic problems as the real solution is in having more car parks and reduction of road side stalls," he said.

He noted that residents felt the situation is worse than before since bumper-to-bumper traffic continue to happen especially during school holidays as the road is narrow.

Ramakrishnan added that sometimes large vehicles such as lorries and trucks cannot go through as certain part of the roads are narrow, resulting in traffic bottle necks.

"The danger is obvious and the residents don't want to take any risk.

"The people are losing faith with the local council which doesn't seem to understand the gravity of the situation.

"The one way traffic system had been implemented in the past and it never worked," he said.

The residents' signatures will be submitted to Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah who is expected to visit Cameron Highlands soon, he said.

"The people are hopeful that His Highness will help us find the perfect solution, work out something soon and find the right way out," Ramakrishnan said.