N-Day road closure starts at 5am

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ROADS leading to the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium will be closed on February 23 beginning from 5am for the 30th National Day celebration, said senior superintendant Hj Mohd Hassan Pehin Penyurat Hj Ahmad in a press conference yesterday.

The Deputy Director of the Traffic Investigation and Control Department of the Royal Brunei Police Force said road closures will take place in three phases

The first phase will see roads along Jalan Stadium being accessible to only vehicles with passes and buses carrying participants involved in the celebration parade.

In the second phase, a section of the Jalan Perdana Menteri starting from the Jalan Perdana Menteri roundabout to the Jalan Utama Berakas roundabout will only be accessible to students and uniformed contingents involved in the flag-waving that will take place in the area.

The third and final phase will see full closure of the roads in the previous phases and a section of Jalan Pusat Persidangan from Simpang 3 Jalan Commonwealth Drive.

Senior superintendant Hj Mohd Hassan said, “This road closure [in phase three] is permanent. No vehicles, including those carrying invited guests, shuttle buses [for members of the public] and buses carrying contingents will be allowed to pass through.”

The roads will be reopened after the departure of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and other royal family members from the event.

Some 200 officers have been assigned to traffic duties during National Day and will be stationed at all major strategic locations in and out of the stadium to deal with expected congestion.

The roads will also be closed on February 18, 19 and 20 as and when required for rehearsals.

The public is advised to plan their journeys ahead on these aforementioned days by travelling at different times or by using the suggested alternative routes.

The senior superintendent seeks the public’s cooperation and patience to ensure the smooth flow of traffic, adding appropriate actions will be taken against drivers who do not comply with the regulations.

The Brunei Times