Police Force reopens third lane along EBD after two-day suspension


After a two-day unannounced suspension of a third lane flow of traffic along the East Bank corridor during peak hours, the Guyana Police Force reversed the suspension Thursday morning.

While no explanation has been given by the Police for the suspension of the long-enjoyed courtesy, the third lane was reopened at 07:00hrs, much to the relief of thousands of commuters heading into the city.

It lasted up until 08:00hrs but by that time, the flow of traffic was better accommodated using two lanes on both sides of the road. Double lane traffic on the Demerara Harbour Bridge also returned.

Traffic flowing on the East Bank corridor [News Room photo]
Included in the Police’s traffic posture was the removal of large trucks from the roadway during the peak hour period to allow for a smoother flow of traffic.

The closure of the third lane traffic had caused major chaos over the past two days with drivers stalled for lengthy periods in bumper-to-bumper traffic stretching miles along the East Bank, along the West Coast and West Bank of Demerara and even in some greater Georgetown areas.

The third lane is usually opened to commuters heading in and out of Georgetown during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

Traffic flowing on the East Bank corridor [News Room photo]
It remains unclear why the decision was taken and on whose instruction the third lane was suspended.

Senior Superintendent Kurleigh Simon who now heads the East Bank Demerara corridor as Commander was seen along with other senior ranks observing the traffic situation Thursday morning.

He offered no comment on the situation at hand when approached by the News Room but appeared pleased with how the traffic was managed by his ranks.

Traffic flowing on the East Bank corridor [News Room photo]
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