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This year may have been the last Christmas on De Castro Street!

- as event may be relocated & name changed as a result
Christmas on DeCastro Street is facing a venue shift. The event was formally known as Christmas on Main Street, until it was relocated to DeCastro Street some three years ago. Photo: VINO/File
Christmas on DeCastro Street was held on December 6-7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Christmas on DeCastro Street was held on December 6-7, 2019. Photo: VINO
City Manager Janice E. L. Brathwaite-Edwards announced on Sunday December 8, 2019 that Christmas on DeCastro Street is likely to be moved from its current location now that Government is proposing making DeCastro Street open only to one-way traffic. Photo: JTV/Facebook
City Manager Janice E. L. Brathwaite-Edwards announced on Sunday December 8, 2019 that Christmas on DeCastro Street is likely to be moved from its current location now that Government is proposing making DeCastro Street open only to one-way traffic. Photo: JTV/Facebook
Image showing the planned one-way traffic for Road Town. The red line indicates the one-way for traffic heading East on Waterfront Drive. The yellow line indicates the one-way for traffic heading West on DeCastro Street. Photo: Google Earth
Image showing the planned one-way traffic for Road Town. The red line indicates the one-way for traffic heading East on Waterfront Drive. The yellow line indicates the one-way for traffic heading West on DeCastro Street. Photo: Google Earth
Christmas on Main Street back in December 2011. Photo: VINO/File
Christmas on Main Street back in December 2011. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After a few years on DeCastro Street in Road Town, Tortola, the annual cultural showcase currently known as ‘Christmas on DeCastro Street’ is facing a venue shift. The event was formally known as Christmas on Main Street, until it was relocated to DeCastro Street some three years ago.

City Manager Janice E. L. Brathwaite-Edwards announced on Sunday December 8, 2019 that the event is likely to be moved from its current location now that Government is proposing making DeCastro Street open only to one-way traffic.

"We are working under the Ministry of Transportation, Works and Utilities and the Minister [Hon Kye M. Rymer] has proposed a different route for the traffic. Once that routing is in place we would not be able to have Christmas on DeCastro Street."

Brathwaite-Edwards was at the time speaking with JTV and was asked about the constant complaints the closing off of the road causes annually. "Yes we have talked about it, we have a number of venues in mind. We have to see what's going on, see the logistics and function in the community that we have created for Christmas on DeCastro Street."

Some of the options in mind include Administration Drive and the Queen Elizabeth II Park.

Several persons expressed concerned about the inconveniences caused when the road is closed off. "What they need to realise is that the number of vehicles on the road has greatly increased after 2017,” a vendor of Christmas on DeCastro Street remarked.

Section of Waterfront Drive & DeCastro St to be made ‘one-way’

Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) had told the House of Assembly (HoA) on September 2, 2019 that the stretch of road from the traffic lights to the roundabout on Waterfront Drive in Road Town would be made into a one-way to accommodate traffic heading East while DeCastro Street would be converted to a one-way to accommodate traffic heading West.

He also said the public would be sensitised and consulted on the planned changes to ease congestion in Road Town via billboards and public meetings.

“Mr Speaker, when you are coming from the West End area and you are heading East, at the Admin Complex we would erect the [traffic] lights and we are intending to turn that Waterfront Drive into a one way heading East. Upon approaching the roundabout traffic would be able to turn left or go straight on to the dual carriageway.

“Mr Speaker, when you are leaving the dual carriageway and heading West, traffic would then be heading to Bobby’s [Supermarket] down on DeCastro Street. That would be a one way heading in that direction or you can continue around the roundabout or go over to where the Lime [Flow] building is at.”

According to Hon Rymer, there would a traffic loop within the city as the traffic would be heading West into DeCastro Street and motorists can “make a right into the street with Cutlass Tower” to gain access to Waterfront Drive, “If you don’t want to go around by Banco [Popular] or in that area.”

The Minister had further said the intention is to turn the traffic in the opposite direction by Noel Lloyd Park “so that road would be heading West instead of East and then you would make your right on the Admin Drive.”

10 Responses to “This year may have been the last Christmas on De Castro Street!”

  • Really? (10/12/2019, 09:50) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    The planned one way traffic is ludicrous. I come from the East and work on the other side of town so will have to circumnavigate the entire of RT to get where I need to be! I support this govt but the traffic changes are adding lots of time to my daily commute. Please stop making changes for change sake and THINK. Why not make the round about smaller so two streams of traffic can go round at the same time?
  • nonsense (10/12/2019, 10:26) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Really? the change to traffic flow will works better it will eliminate you having to fight through traffic to head West once decastro street turns into a one way the traffic will flow better. you wouldn't have to be stopping for traffic to flow from the other direction. if your are tuning right then you stay in the right lane if are turning left you stay in the left lane if your are going straight you go string and no obstruction of traffic for either direction. it will work.
  • WHAT!!! (10/12/2019, 10:33) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    We already have two streams of traffic going round the roundabout, the idiots who think they are too special to wait in line and cut in front of everyone going west. Where are the police ?
    • See (10/12/2019, 13:02) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      No one will get by me cutting in line
      I will ram their vehicle .
      . so some special person please try it !!!
    • Roundabouts 100 (15/12/2019, 08:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is how roundabouts with 2 lanes work everywhere else in the world. Those of us you call idiots are actually seasoned drivers who know what we are doing.
  • Pagan (10/12/2019, 11:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pagan Holiday
  • Give it a chance (10/12/2019, 13:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give it a chance. If it doesn't work then back to the drawing board but we won't know before we give it a chance
  • Ah ok (10/12/2019, 19:40) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Imagine all those big trucks, on a one-way DeCastro Street with all other traffic. I think the idea is going to make matters worse and greatly slow the flow of traffic. People just need to be patient during rush hour traffic. Nothing is wrong with the way it is now.
  • Queen Elizabeth park. Nope. (11/12/2019, 00:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Move it to the lot next to pier park. Or at the festival grounds. It really. Need moving
  • concern (12/12/2019, 10:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everything people complain about in this place , I don't see any problem , better things is in the pipeline to focus on right now


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