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TSTT and HBU give “Lady Young” a makeover

Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and MP for Laventille East/ Morvant, Fitzgerald Hinds, was on hand to witness the completion of the first phase of improvement works to lay-bys and verges along the popular Lady Young Road. The project was undertaken by TSTT under the Ministry of Works and Transport’s Highways Beautification Unit’s (HBU) nationwide programme to improve the aesthetics of the country’s road network.

Minister Hinds commended TSTT for the company’s approach to the development of the country and, more so, for getting into the communities through the direct involvement of community-based contractors. He said, “This kind of collaboration between corporate citizens and communities helps to develop practical skills, self-sufficiency and pride in people who are willing to work, while at the same time renewing the community’s pride in its heritage, in this fascinating landmark.”

The Lady Young Road is one of several areas TSTT has agreed to “adopt” under the Ministry’s Beautification Programme for the purpose of ensuring that residents, as well as local and visiting motorists, enjoy a scenic and safe experience coming into and exiting the capital city. “This project is dear to us because the Lady Young Road is an important artery for vehicular traffic, so much so that TSTT had to develop a specialised mobile link to improve coverage for the tens of thousands of motorists who commute through the area on a daily basis,” said Stacy Lowe, TSTT Marketing Communications Executive. She noted that TSTT’s aim was to make a statement for an integrated approach to promoting the interests of all stakeholders along this popular route.

“TSTT’s main objectives were to use local skills from within the community for the landscape maintenance, to promote safe road use along the route and to preserve the history and beauty of the Lady Young Look-Out,” Lowe said. She explained that TSTT and the HBU were working with the Tourism Development Company to restore the Look-Out area in recognition of its historic significance and to amplify the natural beauty of its surroundings. “This should always be a place that residents and visitors from any part of the country, or the world for that matter, can safely come and enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of the City of Port of Spain and the Gulf of Paria,” added Lowe.