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Hundreds push back on plan to cut speed limits on dozens of roads

Hundreds push back on plan to cut speed limits on dozens of roads

Friday 30 June 2023

Hundreds push back on plan to cut speed limits on dozens of roads

Friday 30 June 2023

Up to 50 roads across the island could have their speed limits cut, if the Government gets its way – but more than 800 islanders are pushing back against the plan.

Earlier this month, the Government launched a consultation on changing speeds on roads in Trinity, St. John, St. Mary, St. Peter and St. Lawrence, which they said would help improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

However, the move sparked irritation among many islanders on social media – among them was Bradley Bechelet, who has since launched a petition against the change.

If the petition gets to 1,000 signatures, Ministers will be forced to provide a written response to the request. Petitions that reach 5,000 votes are considered for debate in the States Assembly.

Mr Bechelet said that while he was not opposed to making roads safer in certain spots, he felt that speed limits were being used as a "quick fix" by government.

He added: "People who speed will speed, regardless of the speed limit, because they just don’t care about the law."

"If they can give me reasons as to why it’s beneficial, I could agree with [introducing speed limits]. There is none of that."

He said that he had shared his petition in car enthusiast Facebook groups, where he managed to build momentum with signatures.

Which roads could have their speed limits reduced?

About 50 roads are affected by the government consultation. They are mostly located in the parishes of St. Mary, St. John and Trinity, but they also affect some roads in St. Lawrence and St. Peter.

St. John

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The roads affected in St John are: Route de St Jean, Rue de Sorel, Les Charrières de Bonne Nuit, Rue des Servais, Rue de L’Etocquet, Rue au Temple, Melbourne Park, Rue de la Mare Ballam, Route du Nord, Route du Mont Mado, Les Clicquards, Pre des Chênes, Route des Issues, Les Tuiles, Mont Mado Lane, Rue de la Ville Guyon, North View, and Clos de l’Ecole.

St. Lawrence

The roads affected in St Lawrence are: La Rue des Sts Germains, La Verte Rue.

St. Mary

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In St. Mary, the roads affected are: Rue Bechervaise, La Rue à Georges, La Chève Rue, La Rue ès Boeufs, Rue du Couvent, Jardin du Couvent, Rue du Rondin, Route de St Jean, La Grande Rue, Rue de la Rosière, La Rue ès Viberts, Le Clos de l’Arsenal, Rue du Douet, Petit Clos, Chemin des Hougues, and Rue de la Frontière.

St. Peter

The St. Peter roads put forward for speed limit reductions are: Mont Remon, Rue du Couvent, and La Rue ès Viberts.


The Trinity roads affected are: Rue d’Asplet, Rue ès Picots, Grand Clos, Rue des Croix, Route d’Ebenezer, Rue de la Petite Falaise, Route de la Trinité, Rue Guerdain.

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Posted by DavidPaul97 on
How far can this reasoning be taken? If we had an all Island 5 mph limit, it would be very safe for pedestrians, though the Island's economy might suffer somewhat. Over the past years, braking systems and safety features in cars have vastly improved, but I have not seen any increased speed limits! Let's see a few balancing decisions - open Broad Street to traffic again?
Posted by Martin on
MANY minor roads allow the use of HGV,s which ARE up to 7 ft 6 inches wide- so in contraflow = 15ft wide ( clever eh ) but are on roads less than 15 feet wide with junctions & "S" bends with HGV,s potentially & lawfully traveling at 30 MPH each = merging at a legal 60 MPH!

This IS a recipe for disaster & HGV,s should consequently be restricted to main roads! I HAVE seen the results of HGV V pedestrian!!

The current botch of both Parish & DFI roads interconnecting with differing overseers is a nightmare with stubborn or disinterested persons administering them.

If a road is set at 20 MPH and persons do 25 that can be tolerated but if at 30 mph & they do 35 mph then it becomes dangerous! Before you deride this DO look at stats for pedestrian injuries at 20 MPH & 30 mph and the former rarely involves death! 40 is normally fatal!

Best to err on tooooo low a speed limit than too fast?
Posted by Penny Cornick on
Maybe if people stuck to the existing speed limits they wouldn’t need to be lowered .Just a thought ????
Posted by MarkSmith67 on
More money making for the state, this island is such a joke no, it# all about how much money they can grab from the hard working public. These peopled speed limits will not stop speeders but will generate a load more money in fines.
The jersey way!
Posted by Citizen Noone on
Some of us are going to work, and some of us might have 2 jobs, and need to move between them. Some of us might drop kids at school, then go to work. Way too many old people (75+) are allowed to drive, some of them are not fit to drive, nobody check on them. And cyclists should be insured and have a license, too many ride on the road when there is a cycle path available. I have seen one cyclist riding on the avenue, ridiculous...
Posted by Martin on

ALL of the above to include mine - AND PENNY CORNICK has summarised it quite perfectly!
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Try and cross Queens Road ~ 30mph, no one has ever heard of that. Especially at night or early morning, its like a race track both up and down the hill. But is anything done, does it even get a mention, no !
The anti-car brigade, and there are a vast number of them in the states, are out in force again, and it will probably just turn into a further "cash cow".
IF people would just slow down to the Road Speed Limit, and not treat it as a minimum.
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