KCCA to redesign city roads to accommodate buses

Kampala Capital City Authority finalized plans to redesign city roads to create special lanes for city buses starting early March.

On Tuesday, Jennifer Ssemakula Musisi, the KCCA executive director said government signed a contract with Pioneer Easy Bus to provide bus services in the city centre.

She said the arrangement is near completion adding that a total of 100 out of the 500 buses have already docked at Mombasa awaiting clearance to Kampala.

Musisi said starting early March bus services shall be available for city drawlers alongside taxis on major routes in and out of the city centre.

She said among the modalities on the city roads to ease traffic and accommodate the buses include marking specific lanes and prohibiting other vehicles from accessing the bus lanes for efficiency.

But Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago sounded skeptical about the bus arrangement. He said KCCA has not been availed with the bus agreement government signed with Pioneer Easy Bus Company.

According to Lukwago, the contract would be able to lay out the obligations and duties for KCCA, government and the proprietors.

Lukwago said while he supports the idea of introducing buses, prior arrangements need to be worked out to address the basics that include bus parks, bus stops and marking out the lanes.

Alfred Ntambazi, the chairperson KCCA committee on physical planning and engineering said the bus system has already been adopted at the committee level. and Ntambazi said Engineer Andrew Kitaka, the director in charge of engineering and works has been assigned the duty of drafting the flow of traffic with the introduction of the buses.

-Uganda Radio Network