Kampala — Kampala City Council [KCC] is scheduled to eliminate buses plying up-country routes from the city centre to rid the city of traffic congestion by May this year, the Town Clerk, Mr David Naluwayiro has said. He said under the greater Kampala transport master plan, buses traveling up- country will stop at the city outskirts, adding that the new traffic regulation policy will soon be tabled before the cabinet for approval.
"Under the new arrangement, buses from western route should stop in Natete and its advisable that bus owners start operating from existing parks," Mr Naluwayiro told Saturday Monitor on Friday. adding, "We are in talks with police, the Ministry of Works and bus owners to implement this arrangement,"he said. He said buses plying to northern Uganda route would stop at Kawempe and Nakawa for the eastern route respectively, all suburbs about 10km from the city.
Already, Natate and Nakawa bus park are operating and will be used as a pilot projects. In 2007, Kampala city council tried to implement the programme but failed due to political interferance at local and national level. "This ordinance exists but it's only being affected by political interference, that's why we are now elevating it to a law. Only commuter taxis and city link buses will be allowed to operate in the city," he said.
Natete trading centre has a privately owned seven-acre bus park with the capacity of over 100 buses and 800 commuter taxis at ago. It has expanded with a string of businesses ranging from restaurants and kiosks to shops. The arrangement will also facilitate a redesigned city road project where commuter taxis will ferry passengers only up to stages and outskirts.