Number of planned road closures to be cut

ENVIRONMENT is set to reduce the number of planned road closures at any one time on major routes.

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ENVIRONMENT is set to reduce the number of planned road closures at any one time on major routes.

The department has blamed emergency works for its decision to cut the number of major thoroughfares allowed to be shut at one time from eight to seven.

The change, which will come into force from the beginning of next year, will apply only to the island’s main roads, including the inter-harbour route between St Sampson’s and St Peter Port, the traffic priority routes and local circulation routes.

It does not include smaller roads.

Comments for: "Number of planned road closures to be cut"

Victor Meldrew

I don't believe it...

PB FALLA

I always ignore these signs when im out on my bike, im super fit no copper will catch me

Devil's Advocate

The major 'digger-upper' at the moment are JT, building their network 'which will benefit everybody'. However, it's easy to see that they're only linking the States buildings together. Anybody living in the Rohais thinking they'll get Gigabit broadband in 6 months time is living in cloud cuckoo land. For JT to provide those sort of speeds to customers will require all the roads to be dug up again!

GLeP

But we will continue to see far too many roads closed with the excuse that it's due to the requirements of health and safety, when in reality it's because nobody seems capable of exercising any degree of common sense.

Why close a road for days or weeks when the only obstruction is smaller than a medium sized wheelie-bin (smaller than a smart car!), and no workmen have been there for the last 5-6 days?

I accept that the safety of workmen is essential, but we do see so many roads closed for no sensible reason. Not to wonder why people continue to ignore the abundant and often confusing "road-closed" signs!

I cycle to work and refuse to accept a 2.5 mile diversion up a hill when I know that I can get off and walk past the work site if necessary.

stu

The customer will have to pay again how stupid are you mr Domaille

soph

Sure and Wave are closing too many roads, major & minor!

Why can't they use the existing underground network to do whatever needed?

No doubt someone has a good answer

Dai Version

Environment have reinforced it - the Car is King!

My view is that anyone who benefits from mains water, gas, electricity, telephone, internet, main drains or whatever has no right to whinge about road works.

soph

Ah, main drains and gas would be a dream come true for several of us!

Watcher

Wow ! Less road closures sounds wonderful BUT when you read the article carefully you will see that it is only the planned closures to major roads being reduced. Why are they doing this ? Because the number of emergency closures is increasing. Why should that be? Perhaps it is because the services know that if they just ask for a road closure they have to wait a bit but if they say "Its an emergency!" they get immediate closure. It would be interesting to know what percentage of , say, electricity closures is for emergency and what percentage for service extensions etc.

If Environment were to charge by the hour for any road closure the holdups would be minimized. Yes, the customer would pay in the end but is that so wrong? If the customer wants an improved/extra service why should all the other consumers pay for the costs of the closures and the reinstatement of the road surface? Time to take a fresh look at the whole issue.

the oldguern

Road closures and cutting the Vale off is just another one of those States U-turns.

After all 250 years ago they spent thousands filling in the Braye Du Val, to make a road access, now they want to stop the access again, or is it another Vale douzaine ploy to keep those heg veg people from other parishes away from L'ancresse

Watcher

Old Guern,

Why would the States wish to cut the Vale off from the rest of the Island ? As Dep. Jones famously once said, the only reason the States of the time filled in the Braye du Valle was so that the lorries carrying the rubbish from the national park could reach the tip.

;-)