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Parish aiming to slow down traffic in rat-runs

Parish aiming to slow down traffic in rat-runs

Monday 02 August 2021

Parish aiming to slow down traffic in rat-runs

Two roads in St. Peter which have become rat-runs despite their narrow width are likely to have traffic calming measures introduced, according to the Constable.

Rue du Craslin, which links the bottom of Beaumont Hill to Sandybrook, and Rue des Sapins, which runs behind M&S from St. Peter’s House to close to the start of the 20mph section, have been monitored by automatic devices for up to a year, and the Constable says the Parish now has clear evidence of the speed, and volume of traffic, using them.

And it has concluded that changes need to be made - although Rue des Sapins is currently not under the Parish’s control.

Rue du Craslin, however, is within the Parish’s remit, and it is expected that five speed humps will be laid along its length by the end of the year.

Rue du Craslin St Peter.jpeg

Pictured: Rue du Craslin runs from the bottom of Beaumont Hill to Sandybrook.

St. Peter Constable Richard Vibert said: “Believe it or not, more speeding goes on in Rue du Craslin than it does on Beaumont Hill.

“The top speed we have recorded on it is 55 mph, which is just horrific and unacceptable. It also has a high volume of traffic as people cut through from the canon to St. Peter’s Valley and vice versa.

“We have to take action as it is totally unsafe for the road to stay as it is. We also have the backing of residents, who have long called on us to do something.

“We have invested in quite sophisticated speed indicator devices, so we now have the data to back up to prove our observations.”

Mr Vibert added that the 55mph top speed had been recorded early in the morning and was thought to be a driver racing across the island, which has become increasingly common since the pandemic hit.

Rue des Sapins St Peter.jpeg

Pictured: Rue des Sapins leads from St. Peter’s main road to the top of St. Peter’s Valley, opposite St. Peter’s House.

Rue des Sapins, he said, had a different set of issues. 

“Speed isn’t so much an issue there, as there are a number of pinch points; however, for some reason it has become the preferred choice for heavy goods vehicles coming from St. Mary.”

The 30mph road is currently managed by the Infrastructure Department but the Parish has asked that it be transferred to the ownership of the Parish.

Mr Vibert said the road had been discussed at a recent parish assembly and he would be visiting all residents on Rue des Sapins in the next few weeks to discuss any concerns.


Pictured: St. Peter Constable Richard Vibert.

“We will certainly be looking at putting traffic calming measures in place and possibly making the road a Green Lane but this is subject to the road being transferred over to us,” he said.

“Plans are definitely in progress but it is too early to say what exact measures we’ll take.”

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Posted by Donal Dolo on
Good mr vibert progress.
Posted by Martin on
I suspect that the reason Rue Des Sapin,s is being calmed is due to the forthcoming proposed development of field 558 on R D Sapin,s!

A Parish Assembly was held in 2017 about the speeding & HGV,s ( See PoSP website for 06/09/17) & nothing was done about the severe problem!

It IS a DFI road Not parish! Kevin Lewis IS aware!
Posted by Roy Dean on
Speed cameras are a much better option as high fines will deter traffic and so will points on a licence

Speed humps deter no one and modern cars continue at the same speed....and traffic just continues
Posted by nigel pearce on
No more spine jolting speed bumps please. Even at very slow speeds they cause pain and discomfort, especially if one has back troubles.
Posted by Martin on
Maybe ask the residents if they want speed bumps AS if one is directly out side of your home the resultant noise is annoying especially as this is a rat run & are they going to ban NON delivery HGV,s on this tiny lane!
Posted by Donal Dolo on
People will be wrongly convicted with speed camaras a split second mistake and it takes foto where you wernt really speeding and you will be getting fines through the post non negootiable
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