Reference in Manifesto
The New Direction will ensure that all towns and villages are connected by well-designed and safe roads to spur economic development and create linkages to markets. The SLPP government will plan, develop and implement infrastructure in Sierra Leone on an integrated, holistic and cross-sectoral development basis. In addition, full utilization will be made of inter-modal transport development. This approach will ensure inclusiveness and that the money spent on infrastructure development will bring about radical and major development across all sectors, thereby meaningfully transforming the lives of the people of Sierra Leone. For example, wherever a new road is constructed under the SLPP government, provisions will be made to ensure that along the same road corridor or alignment, there is a pipeline for fibre optic to improve ICT connectivity, or a pipeline for water to provide clean drinking water, transmission lines to transmit electricity to provide power and adequate electricity, industrial development such as manufacturing plants and factories, to provide jobs to improve the economy, agro-processing plants to ensure food security, access to other modes of transport such as in-land waterways, and rail and air access (as part of our future development plan). Therefore, by using this approach the construction of a single road will radically transform Sierra Leone by ensuring cross-sectoral and integrated infrastructure development. This will justify the amount spent on building the road rather than the current silo effect perpetuated by the APC government. Specifically, the SLPP administration will:
- Promote and implement a holistic integrated infrastructure and sectoral development programme that will maximize the utility and effectiveness of infrastructure, thus greatly contributing to the overall socio-economic development of the country regardless of region.
- Work collectively with the members of the MANO River Union (Liberia, Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire - CLSG) to develop further the sub-regional infrastructure Master plan particularly, in the Energy, Transport (Rail, Air, Sea) and ICT sectors, so that Sierra Leone’s obligations are met within the time frames established.
- Conduct an Infrastructure Audit and Value Engineering of all completed, incomplete, and planned infrastructure projects in last 10 years to ascertain the technical integrity of all the projects to ensure their safety and sustainability as well as their value for money
- Address the current traffic congestion in Freetown not only by the construction of new roads but also by employing proven and practical traffic engineering mitigation measures such as the use of actuated traffic light signals, directional traffic flows, channelization, the use of pedestrian only roadways, commercial vehicles only-roadway, peak and off-peak traffic directional flows, and effective traffic enforcement.
- Explore other modes of transport within Freetown and the Western Area such as the construction of jetties and ferry terminals at strategic locations for commercial ferry and boat transport.
- Explore the use of rail transport as part of the rail network to be connected to the West African Rail Network.
- Pave all roads linking district capital towns.
- Use of automated traffic signalization at key intersections in the cities of Freetown, Bo, Makeni and Kenema
- Build wider roads and flyovers and under-passes to bridge gaps in the road network in view of easy East-West linkages in Freetown.
- De-politicise the management of the Road Maintenance Fund and ensure funds are available in a timely manner for the works.
- Explore the possibility of constructing a toll bridge to link Freetown with Tagrin
- Devolve maintenance of township roads and feeder roads to local councils and especially provide requisite funding.
- Promote the use of non-motorized transport (such as pushcarts and bicycles) in rural communities while developing busing services for mass transit in urban areas.
- Complete a four lane express road from West to East Freetown within five years. Widen selected roads and build new flyovers at key junctions of Lumley, Congo Cross, Model, Eastern Police, Up Gun and Cline Town.
- Increase public bussing services to all areas: 18 hours service a day.
- Develop large transit centers at Masiaka, Rogbere Junction, Mile 91, Taiama, Moyamba, Bo and Makeni with facilities for accommodation, showers, toileting and restaurants.
- Provide more mass transit facilities, especially by buses in large urban areas like Freetown, Bo, Kenema and Makeni.
- The Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) will work more symbiotically with SLRA to ensure the death traps in our roads and sidewalks are eliminated, while improving on traffic flows at major intersections.
- Ban the illegal use of unworthy and unlicensed articulated trucks on all major trunk roads after 1800 hours including heavy fines for the owners and drivers and seizure and confiscation of such vehicles
- Ban the use of extra fog lights on all big trucks save those originally manufactured and affixed to such trucks