Taipei, June 28 (CNA) New Taipei City police are taking steps to avoid congestion at an annual rock festival that will be held next month at Fulong beach, in anticipation of huge crowds, Mayor Eric Chu said Wednesday.
The Ho-Hai-Yan Gongliao Rock Festival, which will kick off July 11, is expected to attract a bigger audience than the 800,000 recorded last year, Chu said.
The city's traffic division is therefore putting measures in place to prevent traffic jams in the areas near the beach venue, he said.
Some 228 police and 85 volunteers will be deployed in the area to monitor and control traffic from 10 a.m. to midnight on the five days of the festival, according to Chen Mu-shu, head of the city's traffic division.
Parking will be prohibited on several roads, including Long Men Street, Fuxing Street, Fulong Street, the section of Highway 2C leading to Lingjiu Mountain, and Provincial Highway 2, he said.
The idea is to separate pedestrian and vehicular traffic to allow a smooth flow, Chen said.
The city's police department said there are enough parking spaces for 2,560 cars and 2,720 scooters. However, the public is strongly advised to take public transportation such as Taiwan Railway to the venue to avoid traffic congestion, the department said.
The free music festival is one of biggest annual indie events in Taiwan, featuring performances by artists from home and abroad.
This year, one of the headliners will be the award-winning Taiwanese band Mayday, which is scheduled to perform on the last day of the festival.
(By Wang Hong-kuo and I-Ling Chen)