Islanders passing through St Brelade will soon have to take their foot off the pedal after the Minister for Infrastructure agreed to speed limit changes in the parish.
Once the law is changed, the parish by-roads will see a reduced speed of 30mph, leaving only a couple of roads at 40 mph, Le Chemin des Basses, la Route de la Pulente and the roads around Corbière.
St Brelade's Road Committee reviewed the speed limits in the parish earlier this year before issuing a series to recommendations to the Parish Assembly. A proposal was then sent to the DFI and subsequently accepted by Deputy Eddie Noel, Minister for Infrastructure, who has now asked for the law to be changed accordingly.
The review of speed limits is an important element of the Road Safety Action Plan 2017 – 19, which the Minister for Infrastructure has been working on in collaboration with the Parishes and the Police. The Minister and the Comité des Connétables agreed in March 2017 that each Parish would carry out a review of speed limits within their boundaries.
St Brelade was the first Parish to carry out the review. As well as the changes in St Brelade, there were a few historic requests that were held until the next law change was processed and the Minister has now agreed to changes in St Clement, St John, St Lawrence and St Peter.
Pictured: The new speed limit map in St Brelade.
Deputy Eddie Noel, Minister for Infrastructure said: “Over the years I have been getting requests now and then from parishes to change speed limits. I was keen to work with Parishes to change from a piecemeal approach to ensure consistency across the Island through a Parish review process. I congratulate the Connétable of St Brelade at being the first to complete and submit his review and I was happy to endorse it.”
Connétable of St Brelade, Steve Pallett, commented: “As a Parish we receive several ad-hoc requests each year from parishioners to reduce speed limits around the Parish. The St. Brelade Roads Committee decided to take a more holistic view when considering any further changes and conducted a review of all roads, both States and Parish, based on criteria agreed with the Department of Infrastructure (DfI).
"I must thank the hardworking members of my Roads Committee and officers from DfI for their support in producing a clearly defined proposal that took into account, for example, smaller by-roads and residential areas, and will provide in future, a safer environment for all road users including cyclists and pedestrians.”
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