…Reiterates commitment to effective Transport policy system***
The Lagos State Government in its commitment and continuous effort towards ensuring the transformation of the transport sector, particularly, towards ensuring safety of lives, while improving service delivery, has processed not less than 145 Transport Impact Assessment (TIA) application documents for developers in the State.
Permanent Secretary For Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Olufemi Salaam who highlighted this, while chatting with newsmen in his office recently, noting that part of the achievements recorded by the present administration is the Transport Impact Assessment embedded in the areas of transport policy document processing, statistics procedure and its infrastructure, generation of data for transport planning policy and implementation, as well as volumetric traffic count, road safety audit review, origin and destination survey among others.
He disclosed that the issuance of Traffic Impact Assessment reports for commercial, residential, institutional and recreational land use which commenced in 2007, had a total number of 188 applications received in the last four years out of which 145 were processed and approved.
The Permanent Secretary opined that since Lagos population is growing ten times faster than the population of New York, Los Angeles and 32 African countries combined together, the growth rate plus the chaotic character of the urban transport system led to the Traffic Impact Assessment study especially for commercial buildings, residential buildings particularly high rise with more than five floors, event centres, petrol/gas stations and place of worship.
He further disclosed that the traffic impact report which aim at assessing the effect of any proposed development on traffic and transport network in the immediate and distant environment, is carried out in assisting public agencies in making land use decisions on such projects as well as its effects on the existing traffic and surrounding land users.
Salaam explained further that the study varies in their range, details and complexity with reference to size, type and location of the development, he added that the study also assist in the evaluation of traffic/volume to determine improvements needed to accommodate proposed developments, update of traffic data and design needed for access point.
The Permanent Secretary affirmed that the appraisal of TIA reports sometimes reveals the need to mitigate the negative impacts of most proposed development, adding that such mitigation measures may include the construction of slip roads, provision of additional parking lots junction improvement and installation of traffic signal lights where necessary among other road infrastructures.
Identifying some of the traffic gridlock areas like Lekki/Ikate/Ajah roundabout, Dopemu interchange, Mile 12 market, Ikorodu road, Alapere bus-stop (inwards Lagos), as well as Berger/Oworo (both inward Lagos and inward Alausa), Salaam said the TIA through traffic study conducted has helped in proffering solutions.
The Permanent Secretary further revealed that the application for TIA clearance permit comes from the Ministry of Transportation after a three weeks study of the traffic effect of such project.