Traffic restrictions in Riga due to Ed Sheeran concert

Friday, July 12, will see Ed Sheeran performing at Lucavsala to a crowd of 55 000 people. The event is this year's largest concert by a foreign artist in Latvia, and will significantly affect the daily affairs of residents. Starting from Thursday, there will be traffic restrictions in the purlieus of the venue, and on the day of the concert the traffic will most likely block Pārdaugava.

In short:

  • There will be traffic restrictions in Rīga, congestions are likely.

  • The police promise to create a “green wave” for leaving Rīga.

  • Attendees are advised to either come by foot or use public transport.

  • There will be a special trolley bus route from the LU and bike-racks provided.

The doors open at 16:00 but Ed Sheeran will only mount the stage on 21:00. 

There will be limited traffic to the TV tower in Zaķusala, which will serve as a coach stop for Lithuanian and Estonian fans. Lucavsala will be closed for private transport. Those intending to leave the city will most likely also have to contend with traffic congestions. 

“In order to make it easier, we will create a “green wave” at 15:00 for those leaving the city through Mūkusalas iela, Ziepniekkalna iela, until a turn to Baloži. Hopefully, this will somewhat ease the situation,” said Aleksandrs Bukēvičs, Chief of the Order Police Department.

Attendees are advised to come by foot or use public transport. Bike-racks will be provided. 

“We've created a special trolley bus route from the University of Latvia to Salu tilts, then its a walk through a tunnel to the location,” said Rudīte Reveliņa, Head of the Traffic Department of the Riga City Council.

Emergency Response Service will be operating on the site. Attendees are called upon to exercise relative caution. It is also advised to be conscious of the noise levels if children are in attendance. 

“Purchase noise mufflers in advance to ensure that children aren't disturbed by the loud noise,” said Māra Dīriņa, Deputy Head of the Emergency Medical Service.

After the last song, the traffic on Mūkusalas iela and on Salu tilts will be closed to allow the crowds to leave the venue. 

Traffic restrictions

From 08:00 to 24:00 on Friday, July 12, vehicle traffic (excluding emergency services, vehicles with the event organizer's permits, and residents and companies based on the closed section of the street) will be closed from Salu tilts to the TV tower on the Zaķusala Embankment. 

From 8:00 on Thursday, July 11, to 8:00 on Saturday, July 13, vehicle traffic (excluding emergency services, vehicles with the event organizer's or the Executive Directorate of Pārdaugava permits, and residents and companies based on the closed section of the street) will be closed on Lucavsalas iela.

From 22:00 to 24:00 on Friday July 12, vehicle traffic(excluding emergency services, vehicles with the event organizer's permits, and residents and companies based on the closed section of the street) will be closed on the section ofMūkusalas iela from Akmeņu iela to Bauskas iela.

From 20:00 on Thursday, July 11, to 24:00 on Friday, July 12, vehicles (excluding those with the event organizer's permit) will be prohibited from stopping on the section of the Zaķusala embankment from Salu tilts to the TV Tower, on both sides of the Lucavsala street, on both sides of Laivu iela (Lucavsala), on the Mūkusalas roundabout, on the section of Merķeļa iela from Krišjāņa Barona iela to Inženieru iela on Merķela iela (excluding public transport), as well as the section of Pulkveža Brieža iela from the last stop of the trolleybus to Hanzas iela (excluding public transport), and on the section of Ganību Dambis from building Nr.3., corpus 1 to Pētersalas iela (excluding public transport).

From 7:00 to 24:00 on July 12, vehicles will be prohibited from stopping on the section of Mūkusalas iela from Akmens iela to Bauskas iela. All vehicles left in the prohibited area will be towed away by a tow truck to the nearest possible parking place (excluding vehicles with event organizer's permits). Vehicles will also be prohibited from parking in the “Neste” petrol station on Mūkusalas iela..

There will also be restrictions for those travelling along Daugava. From 8:00 to 24:00 on Friday, July 12, the mooring and anchoring of vessels will be prohibited at Mazā Daugava, and from 15:00 to 24:00 shipping traffic will be closed at Mazā Daugava.


 

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