Kampala Capital City Authority has resolved to return Entebbe bound commuter taxis to Usafi park in a new move attempted to reorganize the city.
According to KCCA, the changes are because of the Kampala Flyover Project and the reconstruction of Namirembe-Luwum Street in the Central Business District (CBD) of Kampala City.
“These two projects shall greatly impact and change the directional flow of traffic within the CBD during and after the construction period.”
The changes that take effect on October 25th will see cars plying the route of Entebbe road returned to Usafi park, where they have resisted relocation previously.
“All Taxis plying Entebbe road shall be moved from Old Taxi Park to Usafi Park. Vehicles currently operating on the streets around the park will be moved to operate inside the park.
The following stages shall be relocated to Usafi Park; Entebbe stage, Kajjansi StageZana- Namasuba stage, Kasenyi stage, Ndeeba- Sembuule stage, Kibuye Queens way stage, and Ndejje Stage.
Usafi park was gazetted in 2014 for commuter taxis plying southern routes, but taxi operators have since rejected it.
In May 2018, operators abandoned the park after KCCA failed to enforce the law against their colleagues who were operating on the roadsides and taking all customers.
In 2014, operators intercepted President Museveni’s convoy to protest relocation to usafi park
In December 2016, vendors and taxi operators at Usafi park paralysed the city when they went on strike citing that KCCA had failed to reign in on their colleagues who continued to operate illegally on streets.
In another move to relocate taxis operating along the city streets, KCCA has moved cars operating along Shoprite, Shell and Gapco fuel stations to the old taxi park.
These include taxis also operating the Kasanga stage, Ggaba, Muyenga, Buziga, Makindye, Nsambya, and Salaama stages.
“This reorganization and traffic flow changes are intended to improve flow of traffic during construction of the Flyover Project at clock tower.”
Roads turned one way
- Traffic flow along Ben Kiwanuka Street shall be one way towards Kyaggwe Road. All on-street parking shall be suspended along Ben Kiwanuka Street.
- The section of Burton street between Ben Kiwanuka Street and William Street shall be two-way. All on-street parking shall be suspended along Burton Street to allow smooth traffic flow.
- Buxton Road shall be one way towards Sikh Road for Vehicles exiting the city.
- Sikh Road shall have two sections. The Sikh Road section between Buxton Road and Shoprite Junction, shall be one way towards Shoprite junction. The other Sikh Road Section between Buxton Road and Market Street, shall be one way towards Market Street.
- The section of Sebaana Kizito Road (Nakivubo Place Road) between Namirembe Road and Nakivubo Mews shall be two-way.