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Major traffic restrictions for Santa Parade Sunday

14 November 2008

Major CBD traffic restrictions for Sunday’s Santa Parade

There will be celebrations throughout the CBD this Sunday when the Tip Top Santa Parade comes to town. The parade starts at 2pm on Sunday at the corner of Lambton Quay and Ballance Street. It will travel down Lambton Quay on to Willis Street, before moving on to Wakefield Street and ending in Cuba Street.

Wellington City Council Events Co-ordinator Lauren Fantham says that in order to ensure that the tens of thousands of spectators can safely see the floats and bands, the Council will be closing some roads and putting temporary parking restrictions in place.

“We are strongly encouraging parade spectators to use public transport to avoid delays. If you do intend to drive, be sure to allow for extra time as there is likely to be significant traffic congestion throughout the day” she says.

Ballance Street (Lambton Quay to Featherston), Stout Street (Lambton Quay to Ballance) and Maginnity Street (Waring Taylor to Ballance) will be closed from 8am until 6pm on Sunday.

Lambton Quay (Whitmore to Willis), Willis Street (Lambton Quay to Manners), Mercer Street, Wakefield Street (Mercer to Cuba), Cuba Street (Wakefield to Manners) and Manners Street (Cuba to Taranaki) will be closed from 10am until 6pm. There will be no parking on the parade route, or any streets affected by road closures, from 6pm Saturday 15 November to 6pm Sunday 16 November.

Temporary bus stops will also be set up at:

• Customhouse Quay – Shed 11 (opposite Johnston Street)
• Jervois Quay – Frank Kitts Park.
• Jervois Quay – Tony’s Tyre Service (just past Willeston Street)
• Customhouse Quay – BP House (north of Johnston Street)

No cars can be parked on the temporary bus stops from midnight Saturday to 6pm on Sunday.

In the event of bad weather, the parade will be postponed until Sunday 23 November, with the same road and parking restrictions in place. If the parade does get postponed, details will be announced on NewstalkZB.

Further information about the parade, including a map of the parade route and road closures, is available on the Council website at www.Wellington.govt.nz

For further details please contact:
David Christopher, Council Communications, tel 801 3281 or 021 227 8567

Wellington City Council news releases are also available daily as Web Alerts through the Council's website, www.Wellington.govt.nz. To subscribe, select the Web Alerts icon on the home page.


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