Plus - Letter to the editor

The private bus pain on Park Road

Private buses taking Route 103, plying between Narahenpita and Fort, are causing great inconvenience to residents and motorists using Park Road, in Colombo 5. These private buses turn near Cargills' Food City, where the road forks, one road leading to the Anderson Flats.

The space available here is not sufficient for large vehicles to turn. When the buses are about to turn, they block the entire road and traffic is held up both ways. Those going to the flats are inconvenienced. These huge buses block the entrance to the Food City and the entry road to the flats.

Residents say they cannot use the pavements because buses are parked on the pavements. At the end of Park Road, the side entrance to the Sri Lanka Hospital (the former Apollo) is blocked when buses stop for the traffic lights. When buses turn onto the highway, they take up the space of two lanes of traffic (one going towards Narahenpita, the other going towards Nugegoda).

Park Road is one of the busiest roads in the mornings, evenings and at peak times. Vehicles coming into Colombo from Kirulapone, Nugegoda and Maharagama use this road as a short cut. Those who use this road on a daily basis are delayed and inconvenienced. This is causing a lot of disturbance and congestion in a very residential area.

Would the Minister of Transport or the authority concerned please ensure that these private buses are parked in some other place? This is an urgent matter that needs immediate attention.

Frustrated Park Road User

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