Roundabout traffic lights may be removed if public complains
YANGON Region Transport Authority will discontinue traffic lights at roundabouts if they are inconvenient for drivers, secretary U Maung Aung of YRTA told The Myanmar Times on September 12.
On Tuesday, China Railways Corporation Company – which was approved to upgrade the traffic light and CCTV system in Yangon – tested traffic lights in U Htaung Bo, Hantharwady and U Wisara roads.
Most drivers dislike the lights and complain that traffic congestion has increased.
“We are just testing the system as it was introduced in the project. If we hear that the drivers find it inconvenient, we will use the manual system. We can’t say right now,” said U Maung Aung.
Some people have protested on social media against the installation of the lights, saying they only worsen traffic jams. The testing was stopped at noon on September 12.
The traffic control centre was built at People’s Park in May. It will control all traffic lights in Yangon, especially at the busiest intersections.
A total of 140 traffic lights and 288 CCTV cameras have been installed in the Yangon Region and have been operating since May 2017. The government has plans to equip all 154 traffic lights in the Yangon Region with CCTVs.
Cars wait at U Htaung Bo Circle on September 12.