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Canal Road, Pembroke has been closed since last August (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The Government has failed to explain why Canal Road in Pembroke remains closed after part of a wall in the area collapsed eight months ago.

The one-way portion of the road that runs from Palmetto Road past the WER Joell Tennis Stadium to the roundabout at Laffan Street was blocked off last August after it was ruled a hazard to motorists and pedestrians.

The Corporation of Hamilton said the section of road was the responsibility of the Government.

A spokeswoman for the City said: “The tunnel and bridge is the complete responsibility of the Government — the city boundary is at the Pembroke Canal some 100m south of the tunnel.”

The Royal Gazette sent questions to the Ministry of Public works last Thursday but officials did not respond.

A police spokesman said at the time of the closure: “The one-way portion of Canal Road has been closed due to wall erosion in the area of the tunnel, making it a potential danger for motorists and pedestrians to pass through.

“We are asking that the public avoid the Canal Road tunnel area and use alternative routes until it is deemed safe to reopen this portion of the road.”

Canal Road, Pembroke has been closed since last August (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Canal Road, Pembroke has been closed since last August (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published March 12, 2022 at 7:20 am (Updated March 12, 2022 at 7:20 am)

Government stonewalls on questions over Canal Road closure

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