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One-way trial on lower part of St John’s Road

26 June 2023

A three-month trial, making the lower part of St John’s Road one-way, will run from the end of this summer as part of an initiative to make the area safer for residents and pedestrians, following approval by the Minister for Infrastructure and the St Helier Roads Committee.

The narrowest section of road, between the junction with Parade Road and Cheapside, will become northbound only (heading out of town) for the duration of the trial, with temporary bollards making more space for walking.

Motorists heading towards town along St John’s Road will be directed to use Tower Road and Westmount, unless specifically accessing St John’s Road destinations. St John’s Road local traffic heading to town will still be able to use Parade Road.

There are no changes to Parade Road itself or West Park Avenue. An exhibition at the Town Hall this week (Thursday 29 June) will give Islanders the opportunity to find out more. When the trial is complete, the Minister will consider, in consultation with the St Helier Road Committee, the potential for a permanent scheme.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Tom Binet, said: “This is an opportunity for us to gauge the impact of this change, which is something that’s been discussed for many years. The section of road near Cheapside is very narrow, as are the current pavements.

“We hope that changes in layout at the Tower Road junction should mean that those coming from the top of the hill will reroute via Tower Road and Westmount. We anticipate that traffic patterns on Parade Road will also change.

“We’ve written to people living in the area to let them know our plans. Following the completion of the trial, we’ll consider the community benefits of a permanent scheme and the impact on traffic in the area.”

St Helier Constable, Simon Crowcroft, said: “The St Helier Roads Committee has been working with the Government to find ways of making the lower part of St John’s Road safer for residents, pedestrians and those who drive along this narrow section of main road.

“Traffic levels will be monitored before and during the trial so that we can assess impacts on the surrounding roads in this part of town. I encourage residents and interested Islanders to come to the exhibition at the Town Hall to find out more about the trial.”

The exhibition runs from 5.30–6.30pm on Thursday 29 June. The trial will run for three months, starting in late summer.

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