09 October 2017
Today (9 October 2017), the Department for Infrastructure opened the final phase of the newly constructed pedestrian and cycle path in St Peter's Valley.
Before construction of the new path, conditions in the valley had been difficult for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
The new path provides a safe route through the valley starting at Tesson Chapel and finishing at La Dimerie, near the former Fantastic Tropical Gardens. Completion of the path now provides an off-main-road route from town through to St Mary.
The new path is 3km long and the surface is mostly tarmac with some timber bridges, timber boardwalks and short sections of hogging. It links to bus stops, woodland paths and other cycle routes.
This project has been quite complex, as 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 rustic timber fencing and timber-clad road barriers is particularly appropriate for the woodland setting.
The final phase from the duck pond to De Quetivel Mill has been completed two months ahead of schedule with some minor works, signage and snagging continuing over the next 4 weeks.
Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Eddie Noel, said “This is a great asset for Jersey, both in terms of providing a safer and easier route for pedestrians and cyclists, linking the southern to the northern parishes, and also for visitors and locals to enjoy the countryside of this lovely area.”
The new route will provide a fantastic addition to the cycle network, aligning with the Sustainable Transport Policy, which aims to double the number of cycle trips into St Helier.