Experts identify good land use planning, trucks park as solution to Lagos traffic congestion
Transportation experts Tuesday identified good land use planning and building of truck (lorry) parks on the outskirts of Lagos metropolis as part of the solution to traffic congestion in Lagos that has made the sprawling city a loathsome destination for business, living and leisure.
They explained that only a good land use planning can discourage everybody from commuting at the same to one destination, usually the island in the city where most businesses operate, adding that government should plan its land use in such a way that the outskirts of the town should also be viable and attractive with thriving businesses.
The experts spoke at a transportation and traffic Webinar hosted by the US Consulate General Lagos with the theme, The Never Ending Story, Lagos Traffic Congestion: What Can Be Done? Will it Be Done?
“I am of the opinion that lorry (truck) parks should be built on the outskirts of Lagos from where the lorries should come into the metropolis on call. And they should only ply the roads in the night,” noted Innocent Ogwude, Professor of Transport Management and former Vice Chancellor, FUTO, Imo State.
Ogwude stressed that everybody shouldn’t be going to one particular place like Victoria Island and Apapa for business. He said that the problem of congestion in Apapa could be solved by completing the Lekki Deep-Sea Port and also building another Deep-Sea Port in Akwa-Ibom.
“Apapa should be relieved if this is done,” he reasoned, adding that urban transportation should be made attractive so that private sector investors could invest in that sector.