Motorists should brace themselves for heavy traffic jam or will be forced to use longer routes following the announcement of the closure of the railway crossing at Mukwano road in the city.
According to the Uganda Railway Corporation spokesperson, John Ssengendo, starting Friday, November, 1 to Sunday December, 16, the railway crossing will be closed to motorists to enable railway repairs.
“The crossing will be closed but we shall provide a small diversion to be used by only small cars, boda bodas and pedestrians. Trailers and commercial vehicles will not be allowed to access the diversion,” Ssengendo said.
He urged drivers of heavy trucks to use other alternative roads to access Industrial Area for the two weeks Mukwano Road railway crossing will be closed.
Previously, such closures at Wankoko and Nakawa level crossings have led to heavy traffic jam on the affected roads.
The Uganda Railways spokesperson however said the crossing at Wankoko has since been reopened to traffic.
In another related development, Ssengendo warned of a looming operation targeting motorists using the railway line.
“We are soon launching an operation to impound vehicles and motorcycles as well as arrest and charge motorists who continue using the railway formation. Driving and riding along the railway line is not allowed. Only trains are allowed to use the railway formation.”