UWI St Augustine tells public to seek alternative routes as ‘no thoroughfare’ policy in place

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UWI St Augustine tells public to seek alternative routes as ‘no thoroughfare’ policy in place

The University of the West Indies St Augustine campus is reinforcing its ‘no thoroughfare’ policy to the general public, effective immediately.

This means access will be restricted to staff, students, and authorised individuals conducting business on the premises.

UWI says members of the general public accustomed to using campus roads as a thoroughfare are encouraged to seek alternative routes.

Campus authorities emphasise that the policy will be “strictly enforced to enhance control and monitoring of individuals and vehicles accessing the campus, thereby elevating safety and security standards for all users.”

In a release, The UWI-STA explains the reinstated regulations for access to the campus:

“From Mondays to Fridays, excluding public holidays, only authorized vehicles displaying valid UWI Vehicle Permits will be allowed entry via the North and South Entrances. Unauthorized vehicles lacking valid UWI Vehicle Permits will be redirected to the Visitors’ Entrance, known as the Daaga Gate, where individuals will undergo enhanced screening before gaining access to the campus.”

According to The UWI-STA, the No Thoroughfare Policy was implemented originally in 2016.  However, Campus authorities say it will be reinforced and fully operational once more, with several security measures in effect from September 4 to October 25, 2023.

“Additional UWI Estate Police Officers will be on duty at the North, South, Daaga, and Heart Ease Gates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays,” The UWI-STA says.  “Their responsibilities will include redirecting unauthorized vehicles and conducting necessary security screening.”

In addition to beefed up Campus Security, “officers from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service will collaborate with UWI Estate Police to manage vehicular traffic congestion on and around the campus.”

“The Daaga Gate (Visitor’s Entrance) will be open for entry only during the hours of 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Mondays to Fridays. During this timeframe, one-way vehicular traffic will be enforced from east to west along the section of Lewis Avenue between the Daaga Gate and the junction of Lewis Avenue and Wooding Drive (adjacent to the tennis court).”

“UWI Estate Police Officers will be stationed at the northern junction of Lewis Avenue and Wooding Drive, as well as at the junction in front of the Daaga Auditorium, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Mondays to Fridays to manage vehicular traffic. All motorists are kindly requested to follow their guidance.”