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Major Waterfront development "will add one minute to car journeys"

Major Waterfront development

Wednesday 17 May 2023

Major Waterfront development "will add one minute to car journeys"

Wednesday 17 May 2023

A planning inquiry has heard that an extra 1,000 homes on the Waterfront will not add significantly to traffic through the underpass and along nearby roads.

Instead, redeveloping a large area of reclaimed land between Castle Street and West Park – including shops, restaurants, gyms and offices – will add just one minute to car journeys between the Tunnel and Victoria Avenue at peak times, traffic modelling has predicted.

The five-day public inquiry is assessing a planning application by Jersey Development Company to redevelop a large swathe of reclaimed land on both sides of Route de la Libération.

The outline application includes building close to 1,000 flats, a new swimming pool, public squares and moving the West Park slipway further to the west

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Pictured: How the new Waterfront may look from the north-west.

JDC estimates that the development, which it hopes to build in phases over 12 years, will generate an extra 121 vehicle movements on the roads in the morning and 146 in the afternoon, as well as 1,000 cycling and walking journeys in the morning and up to 1,700 in the afternoon.

The scheme does propose significant change to the six-lane underpass road, as has been suggested in the past.

The taxpayer-owned development company did initially explore building a bridge over the highway but this was rejected as over-engineering, too costly, and “turning its back” on the existing road, following consultation with the Jersey Architects’ Commission.

Instead, the outline plans propose a single-stage pedestrian crossing which will allow people to cross all lanes of Route de la Libération in one go with no steps up or down.

This crossing is the main reason that driver journey times will be extended by around 60 seconds. 


Pictured: Many aspects of the original plans were changed after public comments and dialogue with the Planning Department.

Traffic surveys show that there are 37,500 vehicle movements between the Tunnel and West Park in both directions every day.

JDC’s plans also propose zebra crossings on all four roads leading into the underpass roundabout, and turning it into a ‘Dutch-style’ roundabout, with dedicated cycle and pedestrian lanes on the outside of the circular road.

The inquiry heard that States-owned regeneration company had also looked at narrowing the underpass road by halving the number of lanes but this would add 15 minutes to journey times and encourage through-traffic to use other routes.

When it comes to parking, the scheme proposes 384 residential spaces, which translates to 0.39 spaces per dwelling, and 335 public parking spaces, on top of those in the existing Waterfront multi-storey car park. 

JDC said that it was a ‘car-light’ development which had fewer vehicle spaces and more parking for bicycles.

At the end of this inquiry, independent planning inspector Philip Staddon will make a recommendation to a three-member panel of politicians, led by Environment Minister Jonathan Renouf, as to whether the scheme should be approved or not.

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Posted by Keith Marsh on
IF you believe that "driver journey times will be extended by around 60 seconds", you will believe in anything.
Posted by Richard Milner of leeds on
And not providing enough parking spaces. Barmy. Has to be one per household. Minimum.
Posted by Robert Gabriel on
Traffic modeling is a notoriously unreliable way of predicting traffic volumes. You’ve been warned!
Posted by Isabel Jeune on
Why does Jersey need an extra 1,000 homes, when, if you check out the estate agents listings online, there must be at least that many standing empty as it is!
Posted by Peter Huntingdon Bewers on
I do not feel this huge development is right for The Waterfront or Jersey ,we were told at the outset that The Waterfront would be something Jersey People would be proud of ? We have an uncontrolled population problem that is the main cause of the terrible high rent and constant building problem in Jersey , at every election politicians promise us that it will be dealt with ? Jersey is only 45 square miles and to destroy St Helier with blocks of high rise flats is very wrong and ruins the Town.
Posted by gordon le claire on
another 1000 homes when we have the Infrastructure minister stating we have not got the capacity in our drainage and the sewage treatment works can not cope now we see this every time we have a lot of rain
Posted by Jon Jon on
Can't see it will add much to rush hour traffic as people can walk into work working in St Helier,but certainly more parking places needed even though we are being thrown out of our cars soon!
Posted by Diana Groom on
Agreeing with Richard Milner’s comment above re parking provision - the thing is, providing just 1 parking space per rabbit hutch will not reduce the number of resident owned vehicles, it will simply add to the no doubt very stressful hunt for multiple parking spaces elsewhere in town every evening. Developers, and the SoJ obviously think the public of Jersey and Planning are stupid. Unfortunately in many cases it would seem that the Planning Dept. believe them :-(
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