Harare bans kombis from CBD

HARARE - Harare City Council will, starting today, not allow any commuter omnibuses into the Central Business District.

Commuters will have to rank at the designated holding bays on the peripheries of the town while shuttle buses will ferry passengers to their respective ranks.

HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme said the directive is being enforced in order to decongest the city which had become crammed by kombis.

“With effect from Wednesday February 21, 2018 no commuter omnibuses will be allowed in the CBD. All commuter omnibuses will terminate their journeys at the new peripheral ranks, Seke Road and Dieppe Road (Coca-Cola), Coventry Road and Rotten Row Rank,” Chideme said.

He said Copacabana and Market Square ranks have been replaced with Coventry Road rank, while Charge Office Rank has been replaced with Seke Road rank.

Chideme said shuttle services into and out of the CBD will be provided and the buses will follow specific routes.

The new transport schedule comes as council has earlier stated during a 100-day review that they had received 18 buses from the Local Government ministry to revamp the city’s transport system.

    Comments (5)

    Why cant bulawayo do the same, there is chaos in cbd that includes both pirate honda fit vehicles and kombies. Driving in Byo CBD is now a nightmare becoz of the absence of the police force. Truly we cannot have a country without a policing system. i call upon the city fathers and police to restore order and bring sanity to the great nation of umthwakazi

    THE BASE - 22 February 2018

    on other hand it is very good on other hand it cost us in terms of bus fair

    dands - 22 February 2018

    This is an ill-advised move on HCC's part because it just but a short term measure which will be difficult to put in place. they should plan their things wisely who is to say that their shuttles wont cause a menace as well in the CBD. They have failed in their town planning and should go back to the drawing board and bring forth sustainable ideas.

    Tendai - 22 February 2018

    About time! Spread to all cities Also police need to be cruising and then they will see all the traffice violations. ROADBLOCKS DO NOT CATCH BAD DRIVERS

    Hear Hear - 22 February 2018

    Chideme is just an idiot trying to please whoever is his handler. Did he take into consideration that the poor commuters will have to fork out extra money for the so called shuttles. Why doesn't he park his car at home and use kombis in order to appreciate what commuters endue. Uyu idofo chairo. Trying to be seen as having done something within the 100 days pronounced by our respectable ED. Now I doubt his allegience to the new dispensation. Anoda kuti tisa vhotera ED. So Mr president, watch out for these people who pretend to love you. Mr President, I suggest you intervene in this issue and if possible have Chideme fired as he is not an organizer at all.

    Yohwe - 22 February 2018

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