Lisbon braces for Eurovision final with extra security and transport

By TPN/Lusa, in Regional · 08-03-2018 14:07:00 · 0 Comments
Lisbon braces for Eurovision final with extra security and transport

Authorities in Lisbon are already well into preparing for the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest, which the city is hosting this year, with special security measures and extra public transport, the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina (PS), said this week.

Addressing the municipal assembly on Tuesday, in response to a question from the Greens (PEV), Medina said that during the event there could be expected to “be measures appropriate to an event of this nature and on this scale “.
Regarding “exceptional traffic measures”, he said, these were being planned together with the PSP urban police force.
Medina stressed that extra buses would be laid on, but did not specify which routes would be affected and how many more buses would be running.

The mayor stressed that the Eurovision event itself was limited to just a few days, but that there would be an open-air ‘village’ set up in Praça do Comércio for “about 15 days”.
Asked by the Greens about the use of volunteer labour by organisers, Medina said that the city council has itself not issued any request for volunteers for itself or for the Eurovision organisation. According to reports, one third of the people working for Eurovision during the event are unpaid volunteers.
The final is to take place on 12 May in the Altice Arena in the Parque das Nações, the former Expo98 site on the north-eastern edge of the city. As host nation, Portugal automatically takes part, and is to be represented by Cláudia Pascoal, who on Sunday won the national heat with the song “O Jardim” (The Garden).


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