Minister of Works and Infrastructure, the Honourable Emmanuel George
July 30, 2012:
The Ministry of Works and Infrastructure is considering introducing an eastbound transit lane on the northern side of the Western Main Road, as a result of feedback from the business community that there has been negative impact since the implementation of the experimental traffic plan for the St James/Woodbrook area.
Line Minister, Emmanuel George made the announcement during a media briefing at the Ministry’s Richmond and London Streets office.
George said the Ministry has kept its doors open to the public for suggestions and recommendations to enhance the plan and as such welcomed all made by both the wider community and the businesspeople.
The Ministry said the introduction of two-way traffic along the Western Main Road between George Cabral Street and Long Circular Road to restore business activity in the St James area is just one of several adjustments to be made by the Ministry. He also indicated that there were several more being "actively considered".
"Because it is an experimental scheme we indicated that we are interested in getting the feedback from members of the public. There have been numerous comments on the various social media and there are some that are actively being considered,” George said.
The Minister also announced the Ministry was also considering allowing motorists to park on the southern side of the Western Main Road, while taxis and buses may be allowed to proceed in an easterly direction on the extreme left, particularly for the elderly and school children who use public transport.
George also reported that his Ministry had both positive and negative feedback on the new traffic scheme.
The Minister said his Ministry has also taken recommendations from the public into consideration.
Some recommendations being considered were the installation of traffic signals at Roxy Roundabout, the introduction of set times for the commercial loading/offloading to facilitate business activities and including cardinal points on street signs as a further guide to facilitate traffic flow and motorists.