03 Nov Don’t kill the Kingston Corridor – SE St Andrew MP
Kingston, November 2, 2016. The Government should not delay or abandon its plans to develop the “Kingston Corridor”, an infrastructure and works project that will see the revitalisation of the main transit route from the Norman Manley International Airport to New Kingston, says South East St Andrew MP Julian Robinson.
“Right now, the entire route from the airport along Windward road up Mountain View Avenue is a wasted opportunity. I believe that instead of zinc fences and graffiti, we should be having restaurants, museums, shops, cultural yards, nightclubs, and more in a safe, welcoming environment. As the entryway to the city the Kingston Corridor should reflect our reputation as the cultural capital of the Caribbean,” Robinson said.
In his Parliamentary report on his constituency, Robinson pointed out the boost the corridor would bring to Kingston tourism, as well as the aesthetic appeal and commercial opportunities it would bring to residents and businesses along the route, along which falls the National Stadium Complex and the proposed sports museum of Jamaica.
Until the recent change in administration, Robinson said, the concept had moved from mere thought to planning and execution, with the National Works Agency slated to begin the infrastructural works component and the Tourism Enhancement Fund earmarked for funding the project. Work on the three-phased project should have started in 2016, with completion scheduled for 2017. The work was to include upgrades to pavements and curb walls, the installation of lighting and signage, the general beautification of nearly 5 km of roadway, and the socialisation of the communities along the route to accommodate tourism and legal commercial activity.
“We have before us an opportunity to revitalise a vast swath of the city, not just beautify it, but completely transform blighted areas into vibrant, empowered communities and to add tremendous value to Kingston tourism,” said Robinson.