Parents still not making use of CHMS pedestrian bridge

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TRAFFIC is still slow despite the overhead pedestrian bridge connecting Chung Hwa Middle School and the car park in front of the Royal Regalia Building easing some of the congestion during school rush hour.

According to the principal of Chung Hwa Middle School, parents and guardians are still parking on the side of Jalan Kianggeh, slowing down traffic for other road users.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Kho Guik Lan said that the traffic now is more bearable compared to before but is still not smooth, especially in the afternoon and evening pick-up times.

“We hope to encourage usage of the bridge during drop-off and pick-up times by issuing memos to all students and their parents reminding them of the benefits of using the bridge,” she said.

“In addition, we have written to the private company that manages the nearby car park whether they would consider letting parents into the car park free-of-charge between 11.30am and 1pm which would hopefully prevent parents from stopping by the side of Jln Kianggeh during afternoon pick-up time,” she said.

When asked why they refuse to use the car park, some parents mentioned that it is out of convenience and also that they feel it is not worthwhile to pay for parking for such a short duration.

“I come here early every school day and park along Jln Berangan near the school to fetch my child once he is dismissed as I would like to beat the traffic before a jam forms,” said Nancy Foo.

“Besides, I only park for fifteen to twenty minutes each time so it is wasteful to pay to park for so short a time,” she said.

Another parent, Maggie Wong, agreed with Nancy, saying that she would definitely use the car park in front of the Royal Regalia building if it was made free-of-charge during afternoon pick-up time.

The parking attendant on duty at the aforementioned car park managed by Haneen Parking Company, who wish only to be identified as Nazri, confirmed that the cost of parking there is only thirty cents for the first 30 minutes and fifty cents every hour thereafter.

The Brunei Times