“EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Traffic plan sorely needed”

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Last week there was heavy promotion of the NIFCA Gala which was held at the Gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex on Sunday from 6 p.m.

There was also intense promotion of the national ecumenical church service to mark Barbados’ 52nd anniversary of Independence.

Then, there was the CONCACAF Nations League football game between Barbados and the US Virgin islands at the Wildey Turf.

All this activity at the Wildey complex created a nightmare for motorists, especially those going to the gala and the football game. It was gridlock.

The situation highlights why Barbados needs traffic management plans to effectively respond to an emergency in The City, which would allow vehicles to get out in a very timely and orderly manner.

We only need cast our minds back to mid-afternoon November 29, 2007, when the country was rocked by an earthquake. Vehicular traffic came to standstill.

That event should have taught us about the need to have a traffic management plan which is made known to all Barbadians.

It should be applicable for all occasions, including Pic-O-De-Crop Finals or international T-20 cricket, when Fontabelle and the side streets can become jammed.

On December 8, there will be major Run Barbados activity in the afternoon in The City – 5K and 10K running events as well as a 5K walk for charity.

If 2017 and 2016 are to be used as examples of the horrors motorists faced, then we can expect ‘Carmageddon’ on the side streets during that event, simply because there is no traffic plan. (ES)