Constable concerned at emergency services access due to road closures

CLOSURES of two major northern roads have caused Vale constable Richard Leale to have concerns that emergency vehicles will struggle to reach people.

Guernsey Electricity supplied this picture of the new substation being lifted into place at L’Abbaye.
Guernsey Electricity supplied this picture of the new substation being lifted into place at L’Abbaye.

St Clair Hill is closed from next week, while L’Abbaye, the road which runs past the parish church, is also closed.

‘St Clair should be delayed until it [the L’Abbaye work] is finished or no one is going to be able to get through,’ he said.

‘We need to put more gangs of men on one hole or doing double shifts.’

Guernsey Electricity is replacing the substation near the church, but the closure of L’Abbaye, which is due to reopen on 21 June, has caused traffic on Route du Braye to tail back as far as Camp du Roi some mornings.

Traffic & Highways Services said it recognised the frustration caused by traffic delays, but it has an obligation to complete planned works to ensure islanders are provided with essential amenities.

Significant road maintenance and resurfacing is scheduled up to three years in advance.

Work at St Clair Hill has made up part of the agreed 2022 programme since May of last year with dates confirmed for the closure around the same time.

‘Emergency and urgent works also regularly need to be accommodated at late notice, for example to reinstate supply or reduce the risk of service failures,’ said a THS spokesman.

The L’Abbaye works form part of Guernsey Electricity’s plans to replace critical infrastructure.

‘We recognise that the impact of a combination of roadworks and events can cause significant frustration and some delay to the travelling public. There is a complex jigsaw to piece together due to the significant number of applications being received,’ said the THS spokesman,

‘At times it can all add up to a number of roads needing to be closed or for other traffic management measures to be used in a given area at the same time. This is especially the case where one of the projects is a seven–week duration and there have been regular requirements for works in other roads in the area such as Braye Road and Route Militaire.

‘The scheduling of roadworks and events is really complex and for that reason must adhere to approved roadwork coordination policies.’

School term dates, impact on tourism, effect on retail around Christmas time, inconvenience to bus services and access to Town and the Bridge were taken into consideration when planning road works.

Guernsey Electricity said the work was progressing well at L’Abbaye.

‘This installation forms an important part of the continual investment in our existing infrastructure and is designed to future-proof our local electricity network,’ said a spokesman.

The resurfacing of St Clair Hill is due to finish on Friday 10 June.

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