Signal malfunction leads to traffic chaos in Ras Al Khaimah

A snag occurred in the programing of the traffic signal in the four directions of the Dubai Islamic Bank intersection on the Muntasir road at the Nakheel area.

By Ahmed Shaaban – Senior Reporter

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Published: Sat 17 Jan 2015, 12:08 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:31 PM

Ras Al Khaimah: A technical malfunction in a main traffic signal at the Nakheel area, RAK, the second in three days, has created unprecedented chaos and traffic congestion over the last two days.

Roads in Ras Al Khaimah saw traffic snarls and queues due to a technical glitch. — Supplied photo

The RAK traffic and patrols department, alerted of the snag, dispatched technical teams to fix the problem, along with traffic policemen to control the traffic and prevent snarls.

According to a police source, a snag occurred in the programing of the traffic signal in the four directions of the Dubai Islamic Bank intersection on the Muntasir road at the Nakheel area.

“The technical glitch, which started at 8am, was blamed on the reprograming of the traffic signal at the business hub of the Nakheel area.”

The traffic congestion was mainly attributed to the big rush on the main road which sees much traffic most of the day, particularly during peak hours, he added.

“The traffic men and patrols eased the problem, and controlled the traffic flow on the road until the technical problem was finally solved.”

Abu Saeed, an Emirati and resident of Ras Al Khaimah, said the repetitive malfunction of the traffic signal at the Dubai Islamic Bank intersection has worsened the situation. “We are already suffering long queues of vehicles and unbearable traffic snarls before the traffic lock.”

However, the traffic patrol that rushed to the site has much eased the congestion, he added. “But, there should be an effective and long-lasting solution to this repetitive glitch.”

Reiterating the same, Abu Rashid, an Emirati and resident said he takes the busy Muntasir road every day to his work. “The traffic snarl has almost ‘killed’ us and wasted our time. It took me two hours instead of just 20 minutes on normal days to go to work.” 

Calling for a total solution to the problem, Abu Salem said the road needs to be widened, and have more lanes on all directions. “There should also be a traffic patrol all the time to better control traffic since some drivers obstruct the flow and step ahead of long waiting queues.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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