In an effort to tackle traffic jams in the streets around the Ruins of St Paul’s landmark, the Public Police Security (PSP) said in a statement Sunday that they would consider implementing “appropriate” measures to reduce the congestion, including the rerouting or banning of tour coaches to get to the UNESCO World Heritage monument.
The statement was released Sunday after representatives of the PSP Traffic Department including its chief Che Wai held a meeting on Friday with members of groups representing tour coach drivers and travel agencies, as well as two Transport Bureau (DSAT) officials.
The police said in the statement that the Ruins of St Paul’s was one of the city’s important tourist spots, and a great many coaches full of tourists heading there routinely was resulting in major traffic congestion in several adjacent streets, particularly Rua de D. Belchior Carneiro.
The statement also said that the traffic congestion and exhaust emissions from the coaches were affecting the life of residents in the neighbourhood, as well as impacting the nearby Kiang Wu Hospital and fire station.
The statement added that during the meeting PSP officers expressed the view that there should be a decrease in the number of tour coaches allowed to visit the area every day.
The police also said in the statement that if the traffic congestion further worsened they would consider implementing “appropriate” measures including the compulsory rerouting and banning of tour coaches from Estrada do Cemiterio and surrounding areas. (macaunews/macaupost)