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Stakeholders Assist FPCL In Solving Traffic, Overcrowding Issues

A joint operation by Fiji Ports Cooperation Limited (FPCL) and stakeholders has now solved the traffic and overcrowding issues at Port Mua-i-Walu, in Suva. The operation was carried out by
24 Jan 2018 11:00
Stakeholders Assist FPCL In Solving Traffic, Overcrowding Issues
Land Transport Authority officers controlling traffic at Port Mua-i-Walu, Suva on January 23, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

A joint operation by Fiji Ports Cooperation Limited (FPCL) and stakeholders has now solved the traffic and overcrowding issues at Port Mua-i-Walu, in Suva.

The operation was carried out by FPCL, Fiji Roads Authority (FRA), Land Transport Authority (LTA), Fiji Police Force, Suva City Council (SCC) and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

FPCL chief executive officer VajiraPiyasena said certain strategies were executed immediately following the peak travelling season last month.

“These complemented our recently implemented control measures,” Mr Piyasena said.

Officers from FRA, SCC and LTA are now being deployed at Port Mua-i-walu to control traffic during peak hours. Peak hours are when two or more vessels arrive at the same time and likewise for departure.

Police officers are also at present to assist FPCL employees in directing/controlling the crowd outside and inside operation areas.

Some of the strategies implemented for shipping operators and members of the public and immediate surroundings include:

The re-routing of traffic at Tofua Street through Matua Street to ensure free flowing of traffic at all times to ease on-going congestion and overcrowding;

Ship operators are now required to submit their vessel schedules at least 48 hours from expected time of departure and arrival to assist FPCL in making necessary arrangements with relevant stakeholders; and

FPCL is reiterating that only passengers holding tickets will be allowed on to the jetty as well as those sending or receiving cargoes upon producing their tickets at the gates.

Others are to remain at the waiting shed.

FPCL is urging ship operators and members of the public to adhere to these measures to ensure that operations run smoothly for the best interest of the travelling public.

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