A special police force of 352 officers will be provided for the San Sebastian celebrations in Palma. Of these, 56 are trainees on the local policing course at the Balearic School of Public Administration. This was revealed yesterday by the Councillor for Transport and Citizen Security in Palma, Alvaro Gijon, who said that the celebrations on the eve of San Sebastian, January 19, 206 officers will be deployed. A further 81 will supervise the cycle race and 65 will police the firework display on the following day. That day, due to the celebrations, the following roads will be closed to traffic: Paseo Mallorca, Antonio Maura, Via Roma, Porta d'es Camp and Plaza de España. These roads will be closed from 8pm so the use of the public car parks is recommended. The Councillor also said that on the morning of January 20 roads would be closed along the route of the cycle race, from 11.30am until 2pm.
Gijon also explained that, because of the fireworks in the port, traffic into the historic centre of Palma will be restricted so that only residents would be able to access the Porta d'es Camp, the Calatrava area, Socors, and the Plazas Temple and Conquistador. At 7.30pm the Autovia de Levante will be closed all along the Paseo Maritimo to the Dique del Oeste, because the firework display will take place on the wall of the commercial dock area. Gijon said that these timings are approximate although he said that they will continue until the end of the fireworks at 10pm.


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