04 August 2023
A trial of a one-way system on the narrow lower part of St John's Road in St Helier will now start later in the year than originally scheduled, to allow for further data gathering ahead of the change.
In April, the Minister for Infrastructure, the Constable of St Helier and the Parish Roads Committee decided that a one-way system (northbound), between the junctions with Parade Road and Cheapside, should be trialled.
In June, the three-month pilot was announced for late summer, and an exhibition was held at the Town Hall to give Islanders chance to find out more. Following that event, more than 25 email responses have been received and an online petition to halt the trial has had more than 720 signatures.
To ensure the impacts of the trial can be evaluated in a structured way, it will now begin after half term, rather than the end of this month. This will allow for more traffic flow, air quality and active travel surveys to be carried out in September and October, prior to the trial.
The Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Tom Binet, said: "This small stretch of St John's Road has long been a concern, as it's particularly narrow for two-way traffic and the pavements are also exceptionally slender.
"We want to see if the situation can be improved for St John's Road residents, and those who walk in the area.
"We've listened to the initial feedback about the scheme - both supportive comments and people's concerns - and we want to be clear about any benefits or issues at the end of the trial. This short delay will enable us to get some more baseline data for comparison."
Motorists and residents will have advanced notice before the trial begins.