Spatial distribution and impact of fuel stations on traffic flow in Kampala City, A case study of Bombo road.
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This research study investigated the spatial distribution and impact of fuel stations on traffic flow in Kampala city, a case study of Bombo road. The study objectively sought to identify, map and classify fuel stations along Bombo road, to examine factors influencing the location of fuel stations along bomb road, to examine the extent to which fuel stations along Bombo road comply with physical planning standards, to examine the impacts of spatial distribution of fuel stations on traffic flow along Bombo road and to suggest measures that can be undertaken to reduce on the impacts associated with fuel stations on traffic flow. The study used both qualitative and quantitative approaches and other forms of data collection techniques. Data was collected using questionnaires and interview guides and then analyzed using SPSS software, as well as GIS, from which both descriptive statistics and relationship statistics were derived. The Global Positioning System (GPS) was used to acquire the coordinates of each fuel station in the study area and then imported to the ArcGIS 10.4 software environment. The study findings established that there are 12 fuel stations in the study area. Their location is influenced by land, strategic location, high traffic flow, capital and administrative factor. Furthermore, the study established that most of the fuel stations along bombo road do not comply with the physical planning standards and guidelines. Lastly, traffic congestion, accidents, change of direction, noise and air pollution are the impact of fuel stations on traffic flow. The research concluded that fuel stations along Bombo road are not evenly distributed, rather they are more concentrated on one side of the road and they don’t comply with the physical planning standards which has a significant impact on the flow of traffic especially during rush hours. The study recommends Installation of visible entrance and exist signage to and from the stations, It recommends traffic impact assessments to be conducted by the developers, it further recommends operational licenses not be offered to fuel stations until they comply the standards of the authorities like KCCA and Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. Furthermore, the study recommends that fuel stations are not allowed in areas where the traffic situation is such that it will cause obstructions in entering or leaving a station or tight curves where visibility is not adequate