Temporary lights bring seafront traffic to halt

traffic crawled along the seafront at Les Banques yesterday, as drivers took up to an hour to get from Town to the Halfway.

Temporary traffic lights have been installed outside The Red Lion, Les Banques, at the junction to Le Grand Bouet. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 29608907)
Temporary traffic lights have been installed outside The Red Lion, Les Banques, at the junction to Le Grand Bouet. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 29608907)

The disruption has been caused by temporary traffic lights on a stretch of Les Banques near the Red Lion while workers install a new crossing and road surface. The Bouet is also one-way away from the seafront for the first week of the work.

At rush hour after the bank holiday, the queue going north saw solid traffic from the temporary lights back to the St Julian’s Avenue roundabout and then up College Street.

Southbound traffic was also choked by the work.

Drivers seeking to divert around the work along Route des Capelles also reported long queues.

The work has created a challenge for local bus drivers. The 31, 32, 51 and 52 buses have been diverted along La Vrangue to avoid the Bouet and Longstore. But six other routes – 11, 12, 13, 21, 91 and 92 – have just been having to wait the disruption out.

CT Plus operations manager Kevin Jackman said the work was seriously affecting the service.

‘We have been updating our Facebook page, but this has a knock-on effect for us, as it is an integrated service.’

That has meant that all buses are being hit by disruption, because the 11 bus might be scheduled to later do the 71 route but be delayed from starting that route by the work.

The bus tracking system is currently down, but Mr Jackman said people can call CT Plus if they have problems or check the Facebook page.

The lights are set to be in place until Friday 25 June.

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