JIS News

The police has implemented a traffic management plan to control the flow of vehicular traffic in the King’s House vicinity for the March 30 swearing in ceremony of Portia Simpson Miller as Jamaica’s first female and seventh Prime Minister.
Acting Deputy Commissioner (ACP) of Police, Linval Bailey, told journalists at a press briefing held at Jamaica House earlier today (March 28), that the police have designed a traffic plan to achieve as little disruption of normal traffic as possible, given that the 5:00 p.m. start of the ceremony was peak traffic time.
Built into this plan, he said, would be appropriate directional signs and police personnel to guide the flow of traffic. He assured, that the general public would not be adversely affected by the traffic arrangements.
Meanwhile, the police will be restricting vehicular access to the King’s House property and only guests, who are in possession of a red or blue VIP sticker, will be allowed to park on the property. All other guests must park on the open field on East King’s House Road.
“We are cognizant that the King’s House grounds itself can only hold a limited amount of vehicles and so we will be restricting entry to the King’s House property,” DCP Bailey said.
Motorists travelling from the Matilda’s Corner direction and going to King’s House, will be asked to turn on Marley Road, exit onto East King’s House Road and proceed to the car park, while persons coming from Lady Musgrave Road, are expected to proceed across the intersection at Hope Road onto East King’s House Road and enter the parking area.
“We expect that the policemen posted at the intersection will be adequate to guide the flow of traffic..and we will have adequate security and lighting at the car park as the function will end sometime after dark,” DCP Bailey said.
In the event of rain and the field becomes saturated, guests will be asked to park at the National Stadium.
Meanwhile, ACP Bailey has assured that all aspects of security have been worked out including arrangements for close protection for the local and international dignitaries, who will be in attendance.
“All that we need to do at this stage has been done and we await some confirmation for some other persons that should be coming in from overseas. we have our plans drawn to accommodate them as soon as we have confirmation,” he stated.