Focus on inadequacies of Sri Lanka’s first expressway

Dec 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka media reported that state owned Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) have decided not to operate buses for passenger transport on the newly-opened Southern Expressway.

The bus operators have reportedly pointed out that the lanes of the Southern Expressway are too narrow for bus operations. They also point to the inadequacy of the width of the service lane or the hard shoulder which is only 1.5 meters wide.

The SLTB which earlier planned to operate buses on the expressway says that in the event a bus experiences a breakdown or some emergency, there is no sufficient parking space.

Meanwhile, a senior official in charge of the expressway told media that Sri Lankan motorists traveling on the expressway, are not following road rules, despite repeated advices to do so. He says that the biggest problem is motorists exceeding the maximum speed limit of 100 KMPH.

Sri Lanka Minister of Transport Kumar Welgama recently said in public that he traveled on the expressway at 180 KMPH.

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