In a month’s time, on 8 and 9 July, Warsaw will host the NATO Summit. It’s a major event for Warsaw and its residents, involving new traffic and public transport arrangements, as well as parking bans in Warsaw’s central districts.
The NATO Summit on 8-9 July 2016 will put the Polish capital in the international spotlight. Warsaw is the host of this unique political meeting, and Warsaw City Hall will deal with the traffic arrangements and flag decorations. More than 3,000 flags of Poland, Warsaw and NATO will decorate the city’s streets.
“Warsaw must be well-prepared to host an event of such magnitude. While the official organiser of the NATO Summit is obviously the Government, Warsaw has been assigned with a wide range of responsibilities to make sure that the city functions properly during the Summit. We have adopted a two-pronged approach to our preparations – on the one hand, we will make sure that resident and visitor traffic in the city runs smoothly. On the other, we’ll do everything we can to make sure all the residents know about the new traffic and transport arrangements,” said Jarosław Jóźwiak, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.
“The organisation of the NATO Summit is a major effort and a big challenge for both uniformed and other municipal services. All the services cooperate and share information with each other on a daily basis; in fact, we’re in constant touch,” said Ewa Gawor, head of the Security and Crisis-Management Department at Warsaw City Hall.
To host the NATO Summit, Warsaw will have to rearrange public transport routes and close many streets. There will be parking bans on some of the streets, forcing the residents to look for other places to park. Due to the specific requirements of this event featuring many Heads of States, all information provided now is provisional and individual arrangements might change. During the Summit itself, State Services might decide to close off other streets, too.
One of the most important aspects of the current preparations and the NATO Summit is to make sure that visitors and residents are safe. While this is primarily the task of the Government and State institutions, Warsaw will also have its not insignificant share of responsibility.
A range of procedures has been updated recently to mitigate the risks related to municipal transport companies and private operators providing public transport services in Warsaw. An orchestrated effort has been made to ensure that these companies and operators implement common safety standards for the time of the NATO Summit.
Drivers and dispatchers, among others, have received training in public transport security. The city has also put together posters and pictorial brochures with instructions on “What to do in the event of a terrorist threat”. They can be found in public transport vehicles and on stops.
Moreover, Warsaw is closely cooperating with Poland’s security services.
New road traffic arrangements
Between 7 and 9 July, road traffic and public transport in Warsaw will be extensively rearranged. Aleje Jerozolimskie and the Józef Poniatowski Bridge, the J. Washington Roundabout, Al. Zieleniecka, Wybrzeże Szczecińskie, J. Zamojskiego, Wał Miedzeszyński, Królewska, Senatorska, Podwale, Grzybowska and other streets and structures will be cut off from traffic. The most important traffic closures will include:
from 07 July 9:00 to 09 July 18:00
• ul. Wybrzeże Szczecińskie – the section from the Józef Poniatowski Bridge to the Świętokrzyski Bridge;
• ul. Wał Miedzeszyński – the section from ul. Zwycięzców to the Józef Poniatowski Bridge;
• al. Zieleniecka,
• ul. Zamoyskiego – the section from ul. Targowa to ul. Sokola;
• the J. Waszyngton roundabout;
• the section from ul. Saska to the J. Waszyngton roundabout;
• ul. Grzybowska – the section from ul. Towarowa to ul. Królewska.
from 08 July 8:00 to 09 July 20:00
• Al. Jerozolimskie – the section from ul. T. Chałubińskiego to the Józef Poniatowski Bridge;
• the Józef Poniatowski Bridge and al. J. Poniatowskiego;
• ul. Nowy Świat,
• ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście,
• ul. Miodowa – the section from ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście to ul. Senatorska;
• ul. Królewska – the section from ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście to ul. Marszałkowska.
Also, parking bans will be instituted and warning plates will be installed, advising that parked vehicles may be removed from banned areas at the expense of their owners. Bans will also include designated parking spaces, lay-bys and pavements. No-entry signs will be placed in the Praga-Południe District ‒ in ul. Wał Miedzeszyński, ul. Jakubowska, ul. Sokola, ul. J. Zamoyskiego, and other streets; in the Ochota District ‒ in Aleje Jerozolimskie, ul. Tarczyńskiej, ul. Daleka, ul. A. Krzyckiego, ul. Raszyńska, ul. Żwirki i Wigury, and other streets; in the Wola District – in ul Wronia, ul. Łucka, ul. Ciepła, ul. Grzybowska, al. Jana Pawła II, and other streets; in the Śródmieście District – in Aleje Jerozolimskie, ul. Podwale, ul. Senatorska, ul. Emili Plater, ul. M. Konopnickiej, ul. Śląska, ul. Sosnowa, ul. Nowogrodzka, ul. Krucza, ul Królewska, and other streets.
Public transport during the NATO Summit
Rearranged road traffic will also require extensive rearrangements of the public transport system. The Public Transport Authority is planning the following diversions:
1. East-west routes
- Grochowska – Targowa – al. Solidarności (the Śląsko-Dąbrowski bridge),
- al. J. Waszyngtona – Saska – Zwycięzców – Wał Miedzeszyński – the Łazienkowski Bridge – al. Armii Ludowej,
- Targowa – ks. J. Kłopotowskiego (return route via S. Okrzei) – Wybrzeże Szczecińskie – the Świętokrzyski Bridge – Zajęcza - Dobra (return route via Tamka) - Tamka – L. Kruczkowskiego – Książęca – pl. Trzech Krzyży – Al. Ujazdowskie.
2. South-north routes
- Wał Miedzeszyński – Zwycięzców – Saska – al. J. Waszyngtona – Grenadierów (return route via Międzyborska) – Grochowska – Targowa,
- Czerniakowska – Solec – Wioślarska – Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie – Wybrzeże Gdańskie,
- al. Niepodległości – T. Chałubińskiego – al. Jana Pawła II.
Trams will be diverted through the Gdański Bridge via the nearest passable circulation routes of the tram network on both sides of the Vistula.
Between 7 and 9 July the Warszawa Stadion train station and the Stadion Narodowy metro station will be closed. Trains will pass through these stations without stopping.
Information for residents
Warsaw will inform its residents about traffic restrictions during the NATO Summit through a variety of communication channels. Posters and brochures will be hung and distributed in residential buildings, civic buildings and office buildings near areas most affected by parking bans and public/private transport rearrangements. Display screens on all public transport vehicles will feature special spots.
For full and comprehensive information, go to the City Contact Centre Warsaw 19115 (www.warszawa19115.pl, call +48 22 19115).