Jeddah truck traffic to be regulated

Updated 31 December 2012
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Jeddah truck traffic to be regulated

Nine government and private agencies have been formed to draw out a permanent plan to deal with traffic congestion in Jeddah. The plan, which will also organize traffic and the entry of trucks, is in line with the directives of Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who approved the proposal in a meeting last Saturday at the municipality headquarters.
An urgent, temporary phase includes seven points, after which the committee will evaluate the performance of the system to apply a permanent solution.
The temporary plan includes limiting the entry time of water, gas, fuel, sewage, and garbage trucks as well as nutrition and animal transport vehicles into the city on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Concrete mixer transporting trucks and asphalt transport trucks will also fall in this category.
The period from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. will be open for all other services, which include transport equipment, timber, and building materials trucks.
On Thursday and Friday, all trucks will be allowed entry from 1 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon.
Prince Mishaal asked trucks and vehicle drivers to abide by the regulations, instructions, and safety means issued in this regard for their own safety as well as the safety of other road users to alleviate congestion and anticipate traffic jams that result from it.
For his part, Yasser Al-Madah, director of protocol and public relations at the Jeddah governorate, said the interim phase centered on trucks going in and out of the city so as not to affect road users. The phase will be under the supervision of the General Administration for Roads and Transportation and the Special Force for Road Security at the main entrances to the city of Jeddah.
Al-Madah pointed out that the second phase, which is planned to be implemented within the next three months, will be in cooperation with government and private agencies. For this phase, the municipality allocated eight sites for trucks within the province. He asked contractors, factories and companies to comply with the entry times of trucks according to the provided service.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.