Starting today, Friday 17th February, traffic is being allowed in both directions around most of the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.
Traffic regulations approved by Police Commissioner Erla Harewood-Christopher and issued under the Traffic Restriction (Temporary Provisions) (Carnival) Order, 2023, were revealed yesterday.
The legal notice states that “during the period commencing on Friday February 17, 2023 and ending on Carnival Tuesday, vehicular traffic may proceed in both directions – (a) around the Queen’s Park Savannah, between Casual Corner and Jerningham Avenue; (b) on Observatory Street, between Quarry Street and Belmont Circular Road; (c) on Belmont Circular Road, between Observatory Street and the entrance to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.”
Within Port-of-Spain, two-way traffic will also be allowed from today to Tuesday, on Oxford Street between Observatory Street and Charlotte Street; on Gaston Johnson Street; on Panka Street between Gaston Johnson Street and Lucknow Street; on Lucknow Street; and on Rapsey Street between Maraval Road and Wainright Street.
On Carnival Tuesday, vehicular traffic will be allowed in both a northerly and southerly direction on the northbound carriageway of Maraval Parkway between Belle Smythe Street and Wrightson Road.
Police are also prohibiting parking along 29 streets in the capital city between 2 am and 10 pm on Monday, among them, Independence Square North and South, between Wrightson Road and Piccadilly Street; Richmond Street; Duncan Street; Sackville Street; Broadway; Queen Janelle Commissiong Street and both St Vincent and Abercromby Streets between Keate Street and South Quay.
There will be restrictions along a total of 36 streets in Port-of-Spain, including French, Gatacre, Colville, Sackville and London Streets on Carnival Tuesday between 6 am and 10 pm.
The regulations also list the routes to be taken for drivers going to and from the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
Drivers will be allowed to proceed north along Henry Street, east onto New Street and then into the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, or north along Edward Street, east onto New Street and then into the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
Other routes will include north along French Street onto Maraval Road, east onto Warner Street, south onto Cipriani Boulevard, east onto Melville Street, south onto Dundonald Street, east onto New Street and then into the Port-of-Spain General Hospital; north along Long Circular Road, south onto Maraval Road, east onto Warner Street, south onto Cipriani Boulevard, east onto Melville Street, south onto Dundonald Street, east onto New Street and then into the Port-of-Spain General Hospital; west along Lady Young Road, south onto Queen’s Park East, then onto Charlotte Street and then into the Port-of-Spain General Hospital via the Maternity Ward Entrance; or east along Sackville Street, north onto Edward Street, east onto New Street and then into the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
The route for the parade of bands has not been altered significantly.
Bands proceeding to the Savannah stage must proceed along Charlotte Street, west onto Queen’s Park West and then north into the Queen’s Park Savannah.
To exit, bands must proceed south onto Victoria Avenue and then east onto Tragarete Road.
The only major change made this year is that bands proceeding to the South Quay judging point will be allowed to proceed along St Vincent Street and east onto South Quay.
Bands will be allowed to access the Socadrome at the Hasely Crawford Stadium by proceeding along Damian Street, south onto Taylor Street, west onto Ariapita Avenue, south onto Maraval Parkway on the southbound carriageway only and then into the Hasely Crawford Stadium via Castro Gate.
The order also outlines regulations for all the major communities across the country, including San Fernando, Arima, Chaguanas, Couva, Tunapuna, St James, Scarborough and Roxborough.