ZINARA’s Enterprise Road tollgate

Dear Consumerism,

I am writing to complain bitterly about the ZINARA run Enterprise Road Toll Gate situated just after the Shamva turn off coming from Murehwa.

I was returning to Harare from a friends farm near Blue Ridge on Sunday evening when we were confronted by a long queue of vehicles spanning atleast 3,5km (almost from the Pig Industry Board turn off all the way to the toll gate) consisting of cars and buses with people that I assume had taken their children back to various boarding schools in that direction and generally people coming from all walks of life in preparation for work the next day.

This traffic jam was also joined by the traffic trickling in from the Shamva direction of which a long queue had also started to build up. This unnecessary traffic build up was caused by this newly introduced computerization of the temporary booths constructed by Zinara (Please note that I am not talking about the new Dual Toll Plaza’s on the Plumtree to Mutare Highway but the ones constructed by Zinara itself).

These single booths for each direction were built without taking into consideration the potential build up of traffic or in the event of system failure of their computer programme which has the capacity to cause serious traffic backlogs and this is a really big problem for us motorists as it causes fatigue and impatience among drivers as the kombis were now taking to the wrong side and nearly causing accidents.

This has got to be addressed before people die of road carnage especially at this particular toll gate.

Concerned Citizen

8 Comments Add yours

  1. T .R Veneables says:

    Firstly:The tollgate on Mutoko/Enterprise is illegal as it is 1km inside city limits. Secondly: the queue from Shamva Rd to get into the queue on Enterprise/ Mutoko took 49 minutes, and, then we had to turn left and head towards Mutoko (ie) drive down enterprise for 2.7 Kms. just to get into the queue. Once in the main queue it still took a further 1 hour and 7 mins. to pass through the gate! Who will compensate the citizens for this wasted time? Why did Zinara not do a survey to ascertain the traffic loading before installing a single gate to accommodate 2 two major trunk roads? Perhaps it was just too mentally demanding to do so?

  2. Another Driver says:

    Another problem is the people overtaking on the verge and pushing into the cue, this is mostly Kombis but also personal vehicles, I would encourage the ZRP, which are already on site and sitting by the house to setup a post 100m back from the toll gate on the verge and fine people overtaking on the left on the verge, this will at least ensure a more orderly cue and the people not breaking the rules to get to the front quicker in their correct order.

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