More Traffic Restrictions for Downtown Basseterre


According to an official at the Traffic Department, new measures will be put in place at a date to be decided, later this month.

With these new changes, motorists travelling north on Fort Street, will again be allowed to turn left onto Central Street, in the vicinity of the Bradshaw Centre of Attraction. This new change actually replaces the 25th October restriction that had banned such movement.

Head of the Traffic Department, Inspector Cromwell Henry explained to, the reason for the new changes.

According to the Inspector, following the conversion of Central Street into a one-way, in late October, the department anticipated a heavier flow of traffic to the top of Fort Street and along Church Street.

“Even though we have encouraged persons to avoid travelling up Fort Street if they are going westwards, we still continue to see many motorists being caught in heavy traffic at the top of the street, with the intension of going west but ending up on Cayon Street” he explained.traffic-princess-street

“What we are doing is changing the direction of the flow of traffic on the western part of Central Street, that is the portion between Fort Street and Church Street”, the Inspector added.

This means therefore, that rather than the traffic flowing eastwards, onto Fort Street, the direction will now be switched, so that traffic flows westwards, away from Fort Street. Motorists are reminded that this applies only to the section between Church Street and Fort Street, not any other part of Central Street. It is also important to note that the restrictions from West Independence Square Street, that banned motorists from turning right onto Central Street, in the vicinity of National Bank, still remain in force.

“What would happen, following this change, is that traffic heading to the top of Fort Street will be able to flow left and right,” Inspector Henry stated.

According to the Police official, plans are also being finalized to make Prince’s Street a one-way road.  Traffic will be restricted to flow only eastward, that is from Church Street to Fort Street. Vehicles will therefore not be allowed to travel west, towards the Government Headquarters area.

All these new restrictions will take effect later in November, according to Inspector, Cromwell Henry.

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