Even though many streets in Leeuwarden will be closed to car and bike traffic during the three days of the Royal de Luxe giant marionette performance, Safety Region Friesland says that emergency vehicles will still have full access to the city.
Nick Kits, the communications advisor for the regional fire department in Friesland, told The Northern Times that police, ambulances and fire engines will not have their access limited in any way.
“There are emergency routes in place for first responders to get into the city centre during this event, and priority emergency vehicles with their sirens and lights on will be allowed to pass through the areas without dedicated emergency routes”, Kits wrote via email. “During the preparations, all relevant parties have been informed about the unique situation in Leeuwarden during The Giants. On the days of the performance, our emergency services will get regular updates from the command centre about accessibility and routes.”
Around 400,000 spectators are expected to visit Leeuwarden between the 17th and 19th of August during the “Big Skate in the Ice” performance by the giant marionettes of Royal de Luxe. With the exception of vehicles with handicap parking passes, most of city will be closed to traffic between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
People are being encouraged to travel on public transport to reach the city, and there will be a special “giants time table” for trains and buses coming to Leeuwarden. There will be more buses than usual, but they will be rerouted. There will also be longer trains to accommodate more passengers.
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