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Police restrict Wellington CBD traffic ahead of protest march

Police have announced traffic restrictions for Wellington’s CBD ahead of a planned protest march from Civic Square to Parliament on Thursday.

Relieving Wellington District Commander, Acting Superintendent Wade Jennings says part of Hill Street – between Molesworth Street and Guildford Terrace – is now closed to general traffic as Police look to manage vehicular movement and protestor access to Parliament.

Restrictions for general traffic will also be in place for Kate Sheppard Place, and Bunny Street near the bus depot, he said.

“Those who live and work in the area will already be aware of significant roadworks near Molesworth/Hawkestone Streets, and on Aitken Street.  This will further restrict vehicle movement,” said A/Supt Jennings.

“While access to the British High Commission on Hill Street, and residents on Eccleston Hill will be impacted by the road closure, residents will still be able access their homes, and we are working hard to ensure the disruption to residents and nearby businesses is minimal.

“Our staff have been out and about visiting local residents and businesses to provide reassurance and visibility of our staff.”

Commuters are being told to plan ahead and to expect disruption to normal traffic. The school holiday period provides some relief from usual traffic flows and Police staff will be highly visible around the area, A/Supt Jennings said.

Road closures – 11:59pm Tuesday 26 September – 12.01am Friday 29 September
• Hill Street closed between Molesworth/Aitken Streets and Guildford Terrace
• Kate Sheppard Place closed
• Lambton Quay / Bowen Street intersection and Bunny Street near the bus depot restricted to buses only.

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