Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Traffic: AMML to begin automated tolling at Wuse market

Abuja Markets Management Limited has said it will soon be introducing the automated access and tolling system to the Wuse market, as a way of tackling the lingering traffic congestion in the market.

The market Managers was responding to a letter from the Ministerial Task Team on Traffic urging them to take a urgent steps towards addressing the perennial traffic challenge within and around the market.

In a letter addressed to the FCT Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Free Flow signed by the Managing Director, Abuja Markets Management Limited, AMML, Abubakar Faruk, the Market Managers said they were already at the verge of totally eliminating the traffic gridlock even before the request from the task team was made.

In the letter, AMML said, “We are aware of the status of Wuse Market as the shopping destination of choice in the FCT and the expected traffic challenge that comes with it. As a leading Facility Management Company in the Country, we couldn’t have folded our arms and allow this very key service delivery issue to linger.”

The market managers said it had in the past, applied various manual traffic management approaches even in collaboration with some relevant Agencies but that the pressure did not abate.

“After long period of consultation with our key stakeholders, we are now introducing technology to the parking/traffic management by first automating the access and tolling processes” they added.

Noting that this process was already about 70 percent completed before the observation of the task team, AMML assured that the automated Tolling system would be rolled out in matter of weeks.

“When this takes off, we intend to programme the parking software in such a manner that people who park cars in the market for the whole day would be discouraged from doing so”, the letter read, adding: “that to us, is the most sustainable strategy that can guarantee free flow of traffic in and out of the market since parking space as a fixed factor, cannot be increased endlessly to match increasing demand”.

According to the Market Managers, “the option is to optimize the use of the available space by freeing them of pressure created by long- hour parking; and we can guarantee that this solution will deliver a win-win arrangement for everyone.”

The FCT ministerial task team on traffic free flow had earlier directed the AMML to immediately address the traffic situation in and around the Wuse market.

In the letter which was signed by the chairman, Ikharo Attah, the traffic team noted that, “A situation where vehicles are pouring into the market geometric proportions and exiting in arithmetic proportions, shows that something is significantly not adding up. Every market or shopping centre where vehicular movement does not show a balance in entry and exit always experience chaotic traffic gridlock in roads around them.”

The traffic task team chairman pointed out that, “the FCT administration haven addressed the traffic problems at Nyanya, Dutse Alhaji, and Kubwa Expressway would not ignore the disturbing traffic problem around Wuse market which is located in the heart of the city.”

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