Monday 22 April, 2019

Traffic changes for the opening of Parliament

The Royal Barbados Police Force is asking the public to note the following temporary traffic changes for the Opening of Parliament, which will take effect at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5.


Closure of Roads

From 08:00 hours until the end of the event, Lower White Park Road, Palmetto Street, Marhill Street, Wharf Road from its junction with Bridge Street to the junction with Hincks Street; Rickett Street; Trafalgar Street; High Street, and Upper Broad Street from its junction with Prince William Henry Street to its junction with High Street shall be closed to vehicular traffic.

From 08:00 hours Bridge Street (Charles Duncan O’Neal Bridge) will be a one-way street to vehicular traffic from Trafalgar Street towards Fairchild Street.


Traffic Control Points

Police officers will be posted at strategic intersections along the route of the convoy in order to assist with traffic flows and to enforce traffic restrictions.


Parking/No Parking

Vehicles will not be allowed to park, or remain stationary on the following roads, except for the purpose of picking up or setting down passengers.

i)                Constitution Road

ii)               St. Michael’s Row

iii)               Bridge Street

iv)               Marhill Street

v)                Rickett Street

vi)               Fairchild Street

vii)              Cavans Lane

viii)             River Road

ix)               Martindale’s Road

x)               Spry Street

xi)               Wharf Road

xii)              High Street


a.           Vehicle Restrictions: The following will be closed to all vehicular traffic between 08:00 and 12:00 hours; except for buses of the Transport Board and event vehicles: Bridge Street, Charles Duncan O’Neal Bridge and St. Michael Row.

b.           Only event vehicles, e.g. those carrying officials and Dignitaries, coaches carrying specially invited Guests, vehicles of or being used by the emergency services should be allowed to enter the cordoned area. 

c.            Pedestrians will be directed by police officers who will be on duty at various points. They will NOT be allowed to enter the cordoned areas but will be ushered along predefined routes.


The general public is asked to note that they can anticipate significant traffic congestion, delays and disruption to regular traffic flows.

To mitigate this, there will be an increased number of Police motorcycle patrols and police officers on foot patrol who will be regulating traffic at various points.

The Ministry of Public Works will also assist by having all Traffic Lights in the immediate vicinity placed on flashing mode.

The Royal Barbados Police Force apologizes for the anticipated traffic flow disruptions and thanks the public for their cooperation in this matter. Please be guided accordingly.


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