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Commissioner Monchery Apologises for Traffic Congestion in Castries Today

Image of Severin Monchery, Commissioner of Police.
Severin Monchery, Commissioner of Police.

Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry has taken full responsibility for the traffic congestion that erupted today, Thursday October 3, 2019 from as early as seven in the morning.

Image: South bound Traffic Congestion on the Castries to Gros Islet Highway
South bound Traffic Congestion on the Castries to Gros Islet Highway

The cause of the congestion was the closure of the roundabout at the Castries Waterfront, a popular motorway that allows motorists to enter and leave the City of Castries.

The usual 15 – 30 minute journey into town from any where north of the island turned into two or more hours for some motorists. The same could be said for motorist entering the City of Castries coming from the south. Even motorists from the outskirts of Castries found themselves caught up in the traffic congestion most of whom could not fathom the reason for the congestion, particularly when it was officially announced that the roundabout would be closed from 10 in the morning.

People turned to social media to vent their anger and frustrations suggesting to the powers that be that Sunday or the Monday holiday could have been used for the activity that generated the roundabout’s closure.

Image: South bound Traffic Congestion on the Castries to Gros Islet Highway
South bound Traffic Congestion on the Castries to Gros Islet Highway

The activity in question was the unveiling of a sculpture by JallimEudovic. That activity was scheduled for 3:30 pm that same day and was expected to last for one hour. Several persons were of the view that vehicular traffic would be substantially less on Sunday or Monday than the Scheduled Thursday.

Commissioner Monchery described the traffic congestion Thursday morning as “serious” noting that it “caused a great deal of inconvenience not only to the motoring public but commuters, business persons, workers and students of the country.”

“I as Commissioner of Police take full responsibility for this. On behalf of the police I apologize to the members of the public for the inconvenience caused,” Monchery stated.

The Police Chief noted that preliminary investigations disclosed that a decision was made by police to close the road at an earlier time (8:00 a.m.) contrary to a public announcement made by the Independence Committee that the road would have been closed by ten in the morning.

“This resulted in an unacceptable traffic flow. I can assure members of the public that stringent measures have been taken to avoid a recurrence of such an incident,” Monchery said while thanking the public for their continued support of the police.

The police chief said that his officers had everything in place to avoid the massive traffic congestion if the road was closed at the prescribed time which was 10 in the morning instead of it being closed two hours earlier.

So, who closed the road at hours before the stipulated time of 10 in the morning? Monchery promised to deal with the culprit noting that action will be taken against person or persons involved in the time change.

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary issues, government and politics. Read full bio...

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