(CNS) – Dozens of residents joined high-level Government officials at the roundabout connecting Wellington Road and Cayon Street on Monday afternoon to witness the official commissioning of phase one of the traffic lights in Basseterre.
Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris was given the honour of officially turning on the traffic lights for the first time to thunderous applause from those gathered around.
The commissioning of the lights came after amendments to the Vehicles and Road Traffic Bill during the January 23 sitting of National Assembly, as well as an extensive public education campaign led by the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police about the use and function of the lights, and the traffic do’s and don’ts around Basseterre for motorists and pedestrians.
Minister of Transport, Ian Liburd was supported at Monday’s brief commissioning ceremony by Prime Minister Harris and other members of the Team Unity Cabinet. Also on hand were high-level government officials, as well as officers from the Traffic Department.
A comprehensive study involving a look at traffic flow in and out of Basseterre was conducted before the implementation of the lights.