‘Rue a L’Or restrictions not thought through’

WORRIED residents of Richmond Avenue in St Peter Port think the decision to restrict use of Rue a L’Or, allowing only residents, pedestrians and cyclists, will mean chaos for them.

Joan Metcalfe-Elgee, who has lived in Richmond Avenue for more than 35 years, is not happy at the nine-month trial of traffic restrictions in Rue a L’Or which she believes will make the road where she lives even busier. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 24504062)
Joan Metcalfe-Elgee, who has lived in Richmond Avenue for more than 35 years, is not happy at the nine-month trial of traffic restrictions in Rue a L’Or which she believes will make the road where she lives even busier. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 24504062)

‘It’s ridiculous, it’s not going to work, it’s jammed now already during rush hour,’ Bruce Riley said.

‘Now if that is closed, drivers will be coming down here instead.

‘There are hardly any residents near Rue a L’Or, there’s more here. They really haven’t thought about us.’

There had been complaints about the use as a shortcut of the section of road between Richmond Avenue and Le Vauquiedor.

One resident, who has lived in the road for 35 years, said it was a terrible idea and questioned if the impact on surrounding roads had been fully considered.

‘It annoys me. Our road is busy now, as it is. If they prohibit access to Rue a L’Or then it will just get even busier here,’ said Joan Metcalfe-Elgee.

Other complaints received included drivers entering the lane at speed, but residents of Richmond Avenue now fear their road will be used instead.

‘They haven’t thought it through, it’s going to be a nightmare,’ said Colin Bush.

‘When King’s Road is closed, this is a racetrack.’

Mr Bush said he thought the changes would be here to stay.

‘They won’t change it after the trial. This road is going to become a rat run.’

Traffic & Highway Services, who set up the nine-month trial of restrictions, said reduced traffic and improved road safety would be among the benefits.

Signs identifying who can use the affected section of Rue a L'Or will be installed on Sunday 5 May.

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