VISITORS who are joining the Penangites’ Chinese New Year Celebration 2015 today are encouraged to park their vehicles and walk to the celebration site to avoid traffic jam.
The CNY celebration, which will be from 3pm to 11.59pm, will cover several streets in George Town, namely King Street, Cannon Street, Armenian Street, Penang Street, Church Street and Bishop Street.
Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) enforcement and public education alternate chairman Dr Tan Kim Hooi said visitors could also park at the public and private car parks available near the celebration site.
He said the public could also park around Komtar and Campbell Street and take a free shuttle bus, or walk to the venue, not far away.
He added that a “buffer zone” covering Penang Road, Magazine Road and Farquhar Street would be set up to enable motorists to park their vehicles along the roadsides.
“The vehicles can be parked even along the roads with single yellow line, provided they do not obstruct traffic and the vehicle owners will not be issued any summons.
“Double parking, parking on double yellow lines, at the junction and beside the fire hydrants are not allowed, and the vehicles will be towed if they do so,” said Dr Tan.
He also urged the public to carpool and avoid Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway if they are not attending the celebration.
“The council’s traffic unit will deploy 45 officers to control the traffic. Traffic policemen will also be there to direct the traffic flow,” he said.
Streets used for the celebration (King Street, Penang Street, Church Street, Bishop Street, Chulia Street, Market Street, Cannon Street and Armenian Street), Chulia Street (from the Beach Street junction to the Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling junction), China Street and Market Street will be closed and only reopened after midnight.