APEC Hawkins: Road network sufficient for APEC

PORT MORESBY, 05 OCTOBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – The road network in the city is easier to manage.

CEO for the APEC Authority Chris Hawkins confirmed that the road network in the city of Port Moresby, unlike other APEC economies, was less busy with the manageable roads including hotels along the route that most economies would be using during the leader’s meeting.

“We are not a city of 20 million our road network is easier to manage, our primary road is the location most APEC hotels are located, this will see less disruptions during leaders week”

All hotels along the road network are either along the road network of within a 200 metre perimeter of the road.

Earlier this year Hawkins said that the primary road network is a uncomplicated APEC road network that facilitates rapid movement of VIP motorcades, wide streets with limited high-rise buildings and all accommodation along the primary road to ensure ease of road move timing.

Restrictions will be enforced on the route expected to be used during the APEC Leaders meeting in Port Moresby in November.

This has been confirmed by Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko who said that the route and the feeder roads onto the main route will be locked down an hour before and an hour after the leaders have passed through.

“This is ensuring the route is secured and there is no security issues encountered before the leaders move.

“We are taking every precaution to ensure security is high and we expect the public to be aware of the areas they will not be allowed to use while the motorcades pass through.”

The route, as identified, will start from 7 Mile, to the Kookuburra Flyover, along the Sir John Guise Drive, turn left at the Waigani Drive, right down Wards Road, turn left and cut through the Poreporena Highway, down past the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, go straight past the town Fire Station and down to APEC Haus.

From November 12-16 there will be restrictions with police men and women static at each location of the route.

Then from November 16-18, there will be a total lock down of the routes with allowances for the public and other APEC accredited vehicles to pass.

Meanwhile, a motorcade comprised of traffic officers, close protection personnel, Australian High Commission observers and St John’s Ambulance went through their first dry run last Thursday at the Port Moresby Jackson’s International Airport.

More than 48 personnel participated in the exercise where they were assigned to escort delegates to their accommodation at the Grand Papua Hotel.

The exercise started at Jackson’s International Airport, headed to the Grand Papua Hotel, then to APEC Haus, back to Grand Papua and returned back to Jackson’s airport.

Motorcades were divided into four groups representing four economies and were given a two minute interval to drive out.

Joint Taskforce Lead Planner Surface Movement, Senior Inspector Philip Koliadi said that the world standard is not more than two minutes, and we have done that already and we won’t go wrong.

It’s all about up skilling them, although they are experience drivers with PNG standard, we will have to up skill them again so they become world standard drivers he added.

“This is the first time for the team to do their motorcade practice training and they try their best to follow the sequence and they try their best to follow the sequence of the meeting.”

Senior Traffic Instructor Senior Constable John Woha said his officers are experienced drivers and they are looking forward to do any adjustment after the first practice exercise. The motorcade dry run will continue for the whole month of October, Koliadi said.

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