22 May 2017
Today the Minister for Infrastructure opened the second phase of the newly constructed pedestrian and cycle path in St Peter’s Valley.
The path, once fully completed, will provide a safe route through the valley for walking and cycling, starting at Tesson Chapel and finishing at Le Dimerie, near the former Fantastic Tropical Gardens. In fact, it will provide an off main road route from town virtually all the way through to St Mary’s.
Some existing paths are being improved and new paths being created with connections to bus stops and other woodland paths on route.
This project has been quite complex. It passes across land owned by a number of different people and organisations. Care has been taken to ensure the path is in keeping with the setting of the valley. The use of wooden barriers is particularly appropriate for a woodland setting.
Construction on the second phase, from the duck pond to Le Dimerie (the old Fantastic Tropical Gardens), started in November last year.
There is one further phase to complete the project which will link the section from the duck pond to De Quetivel Mill. It is expected that the whole path will be completed by Christmas 2017.
Deputy Eddie Noel, Minister for Infrastructure said “We have been getting some really positive feedback about this path, and it is already proving quite an asset despite not yet being complete. We now have only one phase to go. Once fully completed this path will open up a central corridor through to the North Coast that will be a great route, not just for tourists, but also for locals.”
The new route will provide a fantastic addition to the cycle network which aligns with the Sustainable Transport Policy that aims to double the number of cycle trips into St Helier.