Four park and ride locations identified

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

FOUR park and ride locations have been identified for further studies to tackle parking woes in the capital.

The Land Transport White Paper stated that the park and ride initiative is meant to address the current situation whereby the supply and demand for parking is at an “imbalance”, causing moderate levels of congestion in the sultanate.

“Parking provision affects the actual and perceived ease of reaching destinations and is therefore a key determinant of overall transport accessibility, as well as an important influence on an individual’s decision to buy and own a car,” said the white paper.

The Ministry of Communications launched the white paper last Monday to reduce Bruneians’ dependency on cars.

The white paper did not state the locations of the park and ride facilities that would be studied.

As part of the proposal for the park and ride, the paper suggested implementing it with the capital in mind and other selected locations such as the Telisai Industrial Park.

It added that the park and ride will be linked to high-quality, rapid and efficient public transport corridors.

Outlined in the policy theme of tackling congestion and car dependency, it also suggested a parking management strategy that would involve several agencies in planning, construction, maintenance and the operation of the parking facilities.

“A guiding principle of this new strategy is that unconstrained and unregulated provision of parking facilities for private motorists can be reduced in key locations by encouraging some users to switch their trips entirely or partially from car onto public transport, once the latter offers a high level of coverage, quality of service and integration with land use,” the white paper added.

Other issues include indiscriminate parking around schools during peak hours, and that parking conflicts (relating to loading facilities and parking taking up much space) is recorded to be ‘high on the list’ of problems for transport planners, designers, operators, urban planners and public officials.

It would also require the managing and active enforcement of the parking, dropping-off and pick-up around schools while also strengthening the enforcement of parking regulations either through the police or a new force of parking wardens.

There was also a proposal to regulate and manage on-street parking, with an expansion of controls in the capital and other town centres across Brunei.

Newer technology, along with innovative practices, may also be introduced such as automatic fee collection and Variable Message Signs for parking guidance.

In addition, the white paper said it is seeking to incorporate parking as part of local transport planning, linked to wider traffic management and public transport improvements.

The Brunei Times