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Six hours of traffic jam in Puncak PUNCAK - The main road through the Puncak area in West Java had to handle extreme volumes of vehicles yesterday, caused by Indonesians that wanted to celebrate their holiday. The travelers got stuck, as is not uncommon in this area, on the sole main road through the mountains. This time the traffic jam reached a length of six hours and reached as far as Taman Safari Indonesia.

Later on the evening yesterday the traffic jam started to ease, but this was not everywhere the same. Elsewhere on the route it took several more hours before the traffic jams were completely gone. Downhill, the traffic jam was forced into two rows on only one lane on the road. Motorcycles that passed by on the right and left side also created dangerous situations.

A big part of the day, the police arranged traffic on the Puncak road. This also caused delays, but at least it was of some relief to the thousands of waiting passengers and vehicles. This system of temporary one-way traffic isn't that effective however, because traffic jams occurred elsewhere as well, just outside the stretch of road managed by the police.

Adding to the mess are the many tourist buses that are parked everywhere it is possible, waiting for their group of passengers to return from their day out. These buses are often parked in road sides which further narrows the already narrow two-lane main road in the area, which then easily creates traffic jams everywhere.

"This is the most busy day of the year, with twice as much traffic as normal. People go here just to visit the Puncak area. We have already set up a temporary one-way traffic system from the Puncak downhill, with the road from Jakarta being closed for now," said a spokesperson of the regional police. Only around midnight the crowds had eased enough for normal traffic rules to resume.


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Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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