Safety work on junction down to two options

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SAFETY improvements to a St Helier junction where a motorcyclist was killed nearly two years ago could be completed by the end of the year, the Infrastructure Department says.

Engineers have been working on three options to reconfigure the section of road around Kensington Place following recommendations from the States police and the Deputy Viscount, Mark Harris.

The work follows the death of Islander Sam Jacob Slater (25), who was killed in August 2014 after his motorbike was involved in a collision with the side of flat-bed lorry which was turning right into Kensington Place from the westbound carriageway of the Esplanade.

David St George, the manager of transport policy for the Infrastructure Department, said that they were now considering just two options after they ruled out moving a nearby pedestrian crossing - under consideration now is the introduction of traffic lights at the right turning to Kensington Place from the westbound lane of the Esplanad, with the second option being to block the right turn, forcing motorists to drive past the junction and then take the exit where there are traffic lights onto the West Park roundabout.

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