PORT KLANG: An 18km-long access road leading to Westport has become known as the “death road” among port workers going to work and back in view of the many accident cases reported lately.
Members of the trade unions representing the port workers and container drivers generally say the road is in poor condition, and accidents frequently occur.
The secretary of the Selangor Container Drivers Association, Amat Safii Karian, said the association had long called for a motorcycle lane to be built all the way to Westport but the suggestion had been ignored.
“We also feel that the road should be widened from two lanes to four in both directions to reduce the traffic congestion which has become critical during the peak hours. The road going to Westport is too narrow.
“There is no motorcycle lane and we, container drivers, sometimes cannot avoid motorcyclists in front of us, which poses a danger to their safety,” he told Bernama today.
“Westport is the main gate to the outside world for Malaysia’s business but the road infrastructure is bad.”
Matkar Siwang, president of the National Union of Food Industry Workers, said the access road could no longer cater to the heavy traffic volume and should be widened as Westport had become the focus of workers for the Port Klang Free Trade Zone and the Selangor Halal Hub in Pulau Indah.
The union had also written to the district engineer about the poor quality of the road and the need for a motorcyce lane.
Westport Workers Union president Mohd Jani Kamis said infrastructural facilities such as street lights throughout the road should be improved as the road was frequenty used by tourists heading to the Boustead Cruise Centre in Port Klang.
“Sometimes, our workers are afraid to use the Westport road because of the darkness which could lead them to become robbery victims,” he said.
Northport (M) Bhd Workers Union president Mohd Zaidi Sanusi said a lay-by should be provided for emergency stops to repair lorries which had broken down. He also called for a motorcycle lane.
The port authority has said in a statement that the road, Lebuhraya Pulau Indah, came under the Public Works Department.