THE Simoson business community has written to Lusaka City Council (LCC) asking the local authority to make the Simon Mwewa Lane which passes near the shopping complex a one-way street to decongest traffic in the central business district, says its spokesperson Mwewa Chitambala.
Mr Chitambala said the business community had been working tirelessly to ensure conducive environment in the area.
“Now that Simon Mwewa Lane is a brand new road some members of the business community have written to Lusaka Town Clerk Mr Alex Mwansa and head of engineering asking them to consider making Simon Mwewa Lane a one-way street,” he said.
Mr Chitambala observed that Lumumba and Los Angeles roads were congested, especially near the City Market.
He said it was therefore going to be well if the Simon Mwewa Lane was made a one-way street so that even the buses that were packing outside the City Market were removed.
“The heavy traffic on Simon Mwewa Lane is mainly due to motorists attempting to join Los Angeles road from Simon Mwewa Lane, especially that the buses are parked along the road instead of loading from designated bus stations,” he said.
He said the business community had for years been fighting call-boys that wanted to illegally establish a bus station in front of Simoson business centre. He said several measures had been taken to ensure there was sanity in the business area as a way of protecting customers.
Mr Chitambala implored the Road Development Agency (RDA) to repair the Simon Mwewa road, adding that the street had been in a very bad state for a long time despite being a busy area for business.
He said a number of people were now showing interest to do business in the Simon Mwewa Lane because call-boys who used to threaten customers had been removed.
He urged the business community in the area to take advantage of the development and ensure they recapitalized their businesses.