SIBU: The pedestrian walkways which were built under the one-way traffic system more than 15 years ago in the central business district (CBD) of the town should go.
Sarawak Budget Hotel Association, Sarawak Chapter chairman Lau Nai Meng said the pedestrian walkways should make way for parking bays
“We already have five-foot ways in front of shops. The pedestrian walkways are not necessary.
“They should be demolished and used for parking instead,” he suggested.
Lau said most traders, especially along Jalan Central and Jalan Wong Nai Siong, complained of poor business as motorists could not find parking in those areas.
“When parking is not plentiful and convenient, people rather shop elsewhere.
“Several shops in Jalan Wong Nai Siong have closed down.
“Nobody wants to rent shophouses there,” he said.
The Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) implemented the one-way traffic system in 2001 to slow down traffic in the CBD area.
Pedestrian walkways and road islands were built to make walking and crossing the roads safer.
Potted plants were also put along the walkway to beautify the area.
“The one-way traffic system should be changed too.
“The system is no longer suitable,” said Lau.
He called on SMC to do something fast as the town centre was slowly losing its lustre because of the lack of visitors.
Lau, however praised the council for the recent changes where motorists travelling along Jalan Kampung Nyabor can now go to Jalan Kampung Datu directly instead of turning into the town centre first.