Blantyre City Council (BCC) director of city planning Costly Chanza says the city council will introduce a one-way traffic system in its central business district (CBD) from next month to reduce traffic congestion.
Speaking on Tuesday at a press briefing, he said BCC believes the new traffic system will reduce congestion by 50 percent in the city.
Chanza said the city also intends to construct a multi-storey car park between Standard Bank and Livingstone Towers in Blantyre CBD.
He added that BCC will also construct bypasses between Ndirande and Makhetha, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and Kamba, Chichiri and Chinyonga, Likhubula and Chirimba, and Namiwawa and Sunnyside to reduce congestion in the commercial city.
“We would like to have a one way traffic system in Blantyre. All vehicles coming from Limbe area in the highway going to Blantyre will be using Haile Selassie Road while all vehicles getting out of the city will be using Glyn Jones Road.
“All other small roads in between will be delivering traffic from either Haile Selassie into Glyn Jones or vice versa,” he said.
Reacting to BCC’s plan, a motorist, Dickson Nyengera, commended the council, saying some of the traffic congestion the city faces is caused by the two-way traffic system. He expressed hope that the new system will reduce congestion.