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Pattaya's iconic dolphin roundabout: Not necessary to ask the public what they want, says spokesman

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Pattaya's iconic dolphin roundabout: Not necessary to ask the public what they want, says spokesman

 

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Picture: Sophon Cable

 

PATTAYA: -- A spokesman for the Pattaya authority had some sharp words for protesters who want to save the resort's famous dolphin roundabout.

 

Basically he told the public to stay out of it as ripping out the past is good for everyone and the only way to solve the resort's traffic woes.

 

Phinit Maneerat was speaking at a municipal HQ press conference yesterday after hundreds of people signed an online petition to save the roundabout from destruction.

 

The council want to put in traffic lights.

 

Phinit said: "When the roundabout was put in in 1990 traffic was not a problem like it is today.

 

"A roundabout there is not the answer to the traffic problems. It is no good and not a lasting solution. The radius of the roundabout is too narrow"

 

He said the idea to put in lights had been decided a long time ago and everyone agreed that it was the way to go. Road space is limited in Pattaya and this option is the best, he said.

 

"It is not necessary to ask the public what they want," he said. "It is a small project and it will be for everyone's benefit".

 

Sophon Cable TV reported on the story saying that work to install the lights and other improvements would cost 7 million baht.

 

Source: Sophon Cable

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champers    2,503

No accountability to the electorate is required. Advancement to the position of mayor is now by appointment only.

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mark01    602

Public work is determined by how much council officials can make on the side.

So, that's 3 million for shoddy, poor quality work, and 4 million for city officials.

 

And.... This won't solve Pattaya's traffic problems.

 

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WinnieTheKhwai    6,764

 

Thais do regularly get a sneak preview of how well roundabouts work, typically when an intersection is closed for any reason (such as the construction of a tunnel or flyover) and traffic being guided around, effectively creating a big roundabout.


THen the tunnel or flyover opens to much fanfare and... ... .. and... .. and traffic is worse than before the fancy tunnel when it just flowed around it, safely and quickly. 

 

The wait is for someone to notice.. 

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bert bloggs    295

I wonder will the traffic lights work the same way as the ones on Railway road ,that is for i week then never again?

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jacko45k    4,471
3 hours ago, Bangyo1948 said:

That is one of the few places where you don't have to wait for ever to get going.

Someone in a former government/administration once suggested,and he was being serious,to keep the lights green longer to solve the problems. Must be why the red light is red for so long nowadays emoji12.png

 

I see this all the time and it is when the lights are under the control of the Police box. The green light is given for an excessive time to some directions when there is all but a few straggler (racing like shit to get through them) while an insanely long frustrated queue gets ever bigger. 

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ross163103    170

If they take the roundabout out, how will they compensate all the police who hang out there and supplement their incomes........I mean, uphold the law and keep the roads safe? Insert sarcasm here. 5555

 

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