Navigating San Fernando will be a bit different from this week.
Anyone heading along Pointe-a-Pierre Road towards High Street will not be allowed to proceed further than Short Street.
This move will allow vehicles proceeding along Pointe-a-Pierre Road to have access to High Street from Short Street, Mon Chagrin or Penitence Streets.
The changes to the traffic network in San Fernando means delivery trucks will not be allowed onto Short Street.
San Fernando mayor Junia Regrello in a telephone interview with the Express on Monday said that while everyone will not be happy with the recent changes, he expects it to be a favourable move over time.
“These traffic changes were done in an attempt to ease the traffic congestion between La Pique Hill and Library Corner, and will be a for a trial basis,” he said.
“Parents dropping off their children at Naparima Girls will have to come up High Street onto La Pique Hill and exit on the other end. This will be a sort of roundabout, “Regrello said.
While Regrello sees these changes to be a benefit to San Fernando, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Taxi Drivers Network, Adrian Acosta thinks otherwise.
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SUBSCRIBE/ LOG IN He said the relocation of the Chaguanas and Curepe Taxi stands down to King’s Wharf has done little to ease traffic congestion on High Street.
“It is not working and we believe the changes on October 1 will not be successful either. So far these changes have not been effective for us. We (taxi drivers) have lost half of our passengers so far that regularly travel with us. They say they will take not travel down to the Wharf. They will take anything that they can get on the top of High Street,” Acosta said.
“Down on the Wharf is a deadzone and not fruitful to us. We have said this on many occasions.”
“At the end of the day, where are you diverting traffic too not Short Street? How much traffic can Short Street take? We will just have to wait and see what’s going on,” he said.