Road safety draft results on the Trans-Cunene Corridor out
The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) in collaboration with the Road Safety Council this week ended a road safety assessment of the Trans-Cunene Corridor.
The objective of this initiative,WBCG’s Project Manager for the Spatial Development Initiative, Gilbert Boois said is to improve the road safety conditions on the Trans-Cunene Corridor, which contributes to the road safety in Namibia and Angola, while also contributing to cross border trade between the two countries.
He further said that this assessment is the first step in tackling the road safety issue on the Trans-Cunene Corridor, with the aim to better the roads for all its users.
The 6-month assessment of the corridor was conducted by consultant Felix Tjozongoro and contains the findings from stakeholder meetings held with local authorities and road safety role players residing in the Erongo, Otjozondjupa, Oshikoto, Oshana and Ohangwena regions.
The draft results of the findings were presented to participating stakeholders at a workshop held in Otjiwarongo last week. Opening the workshop, Boois thanked the stakeholders for their participation in the survey. “Real and accurate information can only be obtained from those on the ground.”
Relaying the outcome of the report, Tjozongoro said that the information contained in the report focuses on transport and land-use planning, road safety education and awareness, capacity building, truck congestion, roaming of domestic animals and pedestrians, damaged roads and overloading of goods.
“I am grateful to the stakeholders who participated in the assessment and who were present at the workshop, as they continued to give valuable input, which contributes to the betterment of the document,” Tjozongoro said.
Specific contributors to the report included members of the Namibian Police and local traffic units, local fire brigade units, ambulance service providers, the Roads Authority and members of the regional road safety council.