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Kingston mayor to engage NWA in talks about real-time traffic information

Published:Thursday | January 4, 2018 | 10:14 AM
Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams

Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams says he’ll be seeking to engage the National Works Agency (NWA) to help with real-time traffic information surrounding events, following Monday night’s traffic nightmare along the Palisadoes road in Kingston.

It was total gridlock along the roadway as patrons attending a party blocked the road for several hours causing delays for arriving and departing passengers to the nearby Norman Manley International Airport.

The fallout from the night’s events has left several agencies scrambling to explain their role.

Mayor Williams has already declared that the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) followed all the required steps before granting the permit.

He blames a lack of enforcement on the ground on the day of the event.

However, speaking on Beyond the Headines on RJR 94 FM last evening, Mayor Williams said the KSAMC would be increasing its involvement on the ground in relation to large events.

He says this includes monitoring traffic information on the areas surrounding certain venues.

 

He says personnel from the Corporation will also visit the event venues.

 

Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams

National Security Minister, Robert Montague, has rejected a report by Police Commissioner, George Quallo, on the traffic snarl, calling it inadequate and disappointing.

He’s given the commissioner until tomorrow to prepare a comprehensive report.