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Several road closures, traffic changes in place for ceremonial opening of Parliament

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2016 | 9:29 AM
Police carry barricades on Duke Street, Kingston, ahead of the ceremonial opening of Parliament.

The Police have advised that spectators will not be allowed within 200 yards of the Parliament building for the ceremonial opening.

Typically, supporters of both major political parties gather to cheer on the politicians as they arrive for Parliament.

However, the police say they will be strictly enforcing the provisions of the Public Order Act pertaining to gatherings in proximity of certain places.

They say a 200 yard perimeter will be maintained for Gordon House.

The boundaries will be Duke and North Street in the north; Duke and Sutton street in the south; Beeston and Hanover Streets in the east; and Beeston and King Streets in the west.

While the police have not said the reason for the renewed emphasis on maintaining a perimeter, when the parliament resumed last month following the February 25 general elections, there had been issues with the behaviour of some party supporters who turned out.

Some supporters moved beyond the established barriers.

In one instance, supporters of the People's National Party hurled a variety of insults at several Jamaica Labour Party figures as they made their way into Gordon House.


Duke Street
No vehicular traffic will be allowed on Duke Street between Sutton Street and North Street.

Charles Street
No vehicular traffic will be allowed on Charles Street between Hanover Street and King Street.

Beeston Street
No vehicular traffic will be allowed on Beeston Street between King Street and Hanover Street.

Park Lane
Mark Lane will be operated as a One Way, south to north, between Beeston Street and Charles Street.

J.U.T.C. buses which normally travel along Duke Street from East Queen Street to Heroes Circle will be diverted as follows:

West along East Queen Street to East Parade, South Parade, West Parade, North Parade

North along Church Street; east along North Street; north along Central Avenue

North along East Heroes Circle back onto the original route.

Vehicles with Stickers (red /blue) will be allowed to park at the following venues.

i) Gordon House Parking Lot

ii) Jamaica Manufacturers Association’s Parking Lot – Duke Street

iii) P.A. Benjamin Parking Lot – Corner Charles Street and Duke Street.

No parking will be allowed on the following streets from 7:00 a.m., until conclusion of the ceremony:

South Heroes Circle – between East and West Heroes Circle

Duke Street – between Manchester Square and East Queen Street

Beeston Street – between Hanover Street and King Street        

John’s Lane – between North Street and Georges Lane        

Mark Lane – between Beeston Street and Charles Street

Charles Street – between Hanover Street and  King Street

East Street – between South Heroes Circle and East Queen Street

East Queen Street – between Hanover Street and East Parade

Georges Lane – between Duke Street and Johns Lane