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Broad Street closure (FOI)

Broad Street closure (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 07 June 2023.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



What was the original rationale for the closure of Broad Street?


What is the continued rationale for the closure of Broad Street?


What is the legality of such closure?


Why was Broad Street the only road closed during Covid?


Why is Broad Street, a main vehicular arterial route in St Helier, closed to regular traffic?


A and B

The information requested is exempt under Article 23 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 as it is accessible to within the propositions and associated documents linked below:

Propositions (

r.188-2021.pdf (


The Order to restrict access to Broad Street by vehicular traffic was made by the Minister for Infrastructure under Articles 62, 63, 64 and 84 of the Road Traffic (Jersey) Law 1956.

The provisions applied by the Minister are available in the Road Traffic (St. Helier) (Amendment No. 38) (Jersey) Order 2022, which amends the Road Traffic (St. Helier) (Jersey) Order 1996.

Road Traffic (St. Helier) (Amendment No. 38) (Jersey) Order 2022 (

Road Traffic (St. Helier) (Jersey) Order 1996 (


Any decisions regarding road closures during the pandemic was at the discretion of the Minister for Infrastructure.

Broad Street runs parallel to King Street therefore it provided a useful alternative route during the pandemic for town users who were concerned about social distancing.

Further information can be accessed using the following link:

Reopen Broad Street to traffic - Petitions (


Please see responses to questions A, B and D.

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Article 23 - Information accessible to applicant by other means

(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it is reasonably available to the applicant, otherwise than under this Law, whether or not free of charge.

(2) A scheduled public authority that refuses an application for information on this ground must make reasonable efforts to inform the applicant where the applicant may obtain the information.

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