22 May 2020
Disabled parking bays are being created in Dumaresq Street to replace the four which have been temporarily lost because of the closure of Broad Street to traffic.
The four new bays in Dumaresq Street will mean that there is no net loss of disabled parking provision as a result of Broad Street’s temporary closure to motor traffic from 11am tomorrow, Saturday, 23 May.
The new bays are in addition to the existing Sand Street Car Park, Library Place and New Street disabled parking spaces, which are unaffected, and Shopmobility is open in Sand Street Car Park for those who require this service (subject to availability of supply).
The Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Kevin Lewis, said: “We are working closely with the Parish of St Helier to introduce measures which will make it easier for Islanders to shop and work in town during the Safe Exit Framework. The closure of Broad Street to through traffic will provide pedestrians with greater space to physically distance when visiting town, and is a part of Government’s response to Covid-19.
“I realise that the change has happened at pace, and there has been some disruption for some road users, and I am grateful to the businesses, organisations and individuals who are affected for being so understanding, and I hope that the new bays prove to be a suitable alternative to Broad Street.”
Other road users will be affected in the following way:
- Delivery vehicles will be permitted between 7am and 11am. Businesses are asked to rearrange their deliveries to fit those times bearing in mind that rearranging deliveries to early-morning (before 8am), when there are fewer pedestrians, will help reduce risk for delivery drivers and pedestrians
- Cyclists will still be permitted to use Broad Street in the expectation that they will be considerate and understand that pedestrians have priority. Keeping Broad Street open for cycling will encourage it to be used as an alternative to public transport, which is operating at reduced capacity to assist with physical distancing
- Outbound bus routes 5 and 19 currently turn on to Broad Street and stop outside the Government offices. Both will still depart from Liberation Station, from where passengers should now catch the bus, but their routes will change from Saturday 23 May. Advice will be published on the Liberty Bus website, and on gov.je
- Drivers will be able to follow signage for alternative routes and, at the start of the initiative, Honorary Police help to manage traffic and advise motorists