One-way system not sitting well with residents

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018

Congestion at one of the two roundabouts near the schools that motorists have to pass before they can exit to the main road, Persiaran Anggerik Eria. — Photos: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

THE change of traffic system along Jalan Anggerik Doritis 31/143 in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, is said to be causing inconvenience to residents in the area.

In December last year, motorists were informed that Jalan Anggerik Doritis 31/143 had become a one-way road through a sign installed by Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).

This was following a request by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of SMK Kota Kemuning due to the peak-hour congestion in the area that also housed SK Kota Kemuning, a surau, a religious school and two housing schemes.

However, residents say the one-way traffic flow has worsened the congestion and they want such a system in place only during peak hours.

Jalan Anggerik Liparis Kota Kemuning Residents Association vice-chairman Francis Wong said more than 3,000 residents were affected by the new system.

“We have been using a two-way traffic system for the past 17 years and even though traffic was heavy during peak hours, it dispersed smoothly,” he said, adding that residents now had to make a 1.3km detour to get out of their housing areas.

He said the association sent a letter of appeal to MBSA but had yet to receive a response.

Jalan Anggerik Doritis Kota Kemuning Residents Association chairman Faizal Sanusi said parents and van drivers often park within the housing areas, causing congestion and taking up residents’ parking spaces.

“Back when it was a two-way road, traffic was moving, but now, vehicles are held up at roundabouts as everyone has to use the same road to head out,” he said.

Motorists exiting from the commercial area next to SMK Kota Kemuning still drive against traffic despite the implementation of the one-way system.
Motorists exiting from the commercial area next to SMK Kota Kemuning still drive against traffic despite the implementation of the one-way system.

Shah Alam Selangor School Bus vice-president Norziazeman Abdullah said there was no designated spot for school buses and vans to park when picking up students.

School van driver Sharifah Mustapha said Friday traffic was worse as the road was used by those who attend Friday prayers at the surau, in addition to the vehicles of those picking up children from the schools there.

Jalan Anggerik Liparis Residents Association committee member K.P. Chan said there was ample parking space at the commercial area nearby where parents could drop off or pick up their children as there was a walking path to the school from there.

A check by StarMetro at 6pm on a weekday saw vehicles parked along the two-lane road, further adding to the congestion.

There were even cars parked facing the opposite direction and some motorists were spotted making a quick dash against traffic to get onto the main road of Persiaran Anggerik Vanda.

As school ended at 6.40pm, traffic was at a bottleneck at the roundabouts along the road as motorists fought their way to exit to Persiaran Anggerik Eria.

It took 35 minutes for traffic along Jalan Anggerik Doritis 31/143 to clear up.

StarMetro also found that on weekends, motorists used the road as a two-way street.

Commenting on the matter, SMK Kota Kemuning PTA chairman Charan Jeet Singh said the PTA, in its initial letter to MBSA, had suggested that the road be either turned into a one-way street or widened to ease congestion.

“We have no issue if the road is converted to its original traffic system provided the road is widened.

“We told MBSA to make a decision that would benefit all parties but before any implementation, the city council must do a proper traffic study,” he said.

MBSA councillor Tan Ah Kow said the problem could be resolved if residents and the school came to a consensus.

“It is unfair to say the council is kicking the matter back to the school and residents,” he said.

He added that many schools had implemented a temporary one-way system during peak hours and road widening was not the answer to the congestion problem in the area.

“It also boils down to the attitude of parents who double-park on both sides of the road, making it difficult for vehicles to pass through,” he said.

Tan said MBSA would look into providing a reserved area for school vans and buses, adding that the council was still open to feedback before a decision is made soon.

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