The States of Jersey Police would like to warn the public about future night time road diversions in the area of Mulcaster Street. Contingencies are now in place for traffic to be diverted the wrong way down Church Street when the police feel that the bottom end of Mulcaster Street has become dangerous. The move has been announced following the growth in this area associated with the Night Time Economy that on occasion can make the area particularly dangerous to pedestrians.
Inspector Mark Coxshall who has been leading on the initiative for the past year said,
“A plan has been created following lengthy engagement with businesses and political leads in order to ensure that all options had been explored”.
“The overriding aim is to improve public safety that at times is being compromised by the number of pedestrians and motorists in this area”.
Predominantly on Friday and Saturday nights, the area will be monitored by the police and when volumes of pedestrians increase, leading to people spilling out onto the road from pavements, a decision will be made as to whether to close the road. This may mean that on a quiet weekend night, no diversions are needed in order to keep disruption to the normal traffic flow to a minimum.
Should the decision be taken to close the road, then access to Mulcaster Street will be prevented and all traffic diverted into Broad Street. The exception will be for rank taxis who will be able to enter Wharf Street in order to feed the Weighbridge taxi rank. The road will be opened when Mulcaster Street is clear of the majority of the pedestrians and normal access resumed.
Inspector Coxshall said, “The diversion will be trialled in order to see whether there is a positive impact on the safety of the public. This is a good example of businesses working together with the authorities in order to find solutions which hopefully will see a safer environment associated with the Night Time Economy.”
The temporary closure plan will operate whilst longer term solutions and investment in the area continue to be explored. Such measures may include pavement widening, removable barriers and pedestrians zones at key times.
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