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Deputy poses 'one-way' to tackle town “traffic carnage”

Deputy poses 'one-way' to tackle town “traffic carnage”

Monday 13 May 2019

Deputy poses 'one-way' to tackle town “traffic carnage”

A St. Helier Deputy is pushing to make a temporary one-way system a permanent fixture on Green Street in order to tackle “traffic carnage."

Deputy Russell Labey will be asking his fellow States Members to vote in favour of making the route that links Havre des Pas with town, which is currently closed to two-way traffic due to roadworks, permanently one-way next month.

Outlining his proposals, Deputy Labey says that the one-way system currently in place “has been a revelation” because, he says, it has sparked “a transformation in the quality of life” of the area’s residents.  

In a report explaining his idea, he quotes from an email sent from a constituent living in the area stating that a "huge environmental improvement that was immediately felt” after the roadworks forced the change. Detailing the benefits they have felt, the resident notes how motorists have no longer been “forced to mount pavements", celebrates there being “no road rage”, and even says, “you can hear the birds singing!"


Pictured: The proposition centres on whether Green Street should stay one-way after the roadworks finish.

Prior to the temporary one-way system being put in place, there had been fears that the change would cause problems.

However, Deputy Labey notes that the dire predictions of traffic chaos resulting from a one-way Green Street have not materialised”, and the re-routing of the outbound no. 1 bus “to everyone’s surprise has not had the disastrous consequences foretold.”

For Deputy Labey, there are in fact a number of benefits to re-routing the bus journey, including more conveniently placed stops for those who have been working and shopping in town as well as “elderly and infirm residents” of Haut du Mont on Pier Road and of Bingham Court and Rope Walk.

He adds that the matter was discussed at “a full house” meeting of the Havre des Pas Improvement Group in November of last year and that it was only objected to by one person - “one who was sceptical but would go with the majority, and the rest fully in favour.”

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Pictured: The matter will be discussed in the States Assembly.

This, the Deputy states was “an astonishing result, indicative of the desperation to end the traffic carnage on this road.”

Concluding a report on his plans, Deputy Labey writes: “The majority of residents want this change, the roadworks have improved their lives – how often is that ever said?  

“The temporary measures have proved that this can work to the benefit of the area. It’s time to listen to people’s vision for their own neighbourhood and act.”

The proposition will be debated at meeting of the States Assembly on 4 June.

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Posted by Abe Viney on
I agree with Deputy Labey, it is now much safer walking on the pavements of Green Street, both to and from town. The downside of my having to drive a little further on my way home to Havre Des Pas is nothing compared to the benefits of the one way system on Green Street. There are also fewer vehicles using Havre Des Pas because of the one way system on Green Street and now that there is a 20 mph speed limit on Havre Des Pas, it is a lot easier for pedestrians (visitors and locals) and the ‘need’ for Havre Des Pas to become one way may well disappear if Green Street can remain one way.
Posted by Bo In Jersey on
If cars are not going down Green St then they must be going via another route, possibly Roseville St or Cleveland/St Clements Road. So a problem solved another created? Has he investigated everything before his proposal and consulted with everyone including those outside of his area? Other islanders have to endure the same issues and never get their road converted. This is just an opportunistic 'by the way while we are at it' moment and proposal.
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