£150,000 toucan crossing approved

PLANS to spend £150,000 on a new road crossing at a potentially dangerous junction in St Brelade have been approved by the Infrastructure Minister.

Mock-up images of a proposed 'toucan' crossing on the junction of Rue du Pont Marquet and the Railway Walk in St Brelade. Picture: Government of Jersey. (30646228)
Mock-up images of a proposed 'toucan' crossing on the junction of Rue du Pont Marquet and the Railway Walk in St Brelade. Picture: Government of Jersey. (30646228)

Deputy Kevin Lewis has signed a ministerial decision authorising the installation of a toucan crossing – a system designed for pedestrians and cyclists – at the junction of the Railway Walk and Rue du Pont Marquet.

The project evolved from a consultation in 2018 in which respondents expressed concerns about the dangers of crossing the road near a bend but work was delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Preparatory work has taken place to clear the area around the proposed crossing.

Deputy Lewis said: ‘The aim of this crossing is to make the Railway Walk safer and more accessible for Islanders, encouraging people to become more active.

‘As part of our Inspiring Active Travel policy, we are committed to increasing the safety of our roads for pedestrians and cyclists and encouraging people to use greener modes of transport. Improving these facilities will help towards us achieving our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.’

He added that students who cycled to and from Les Quennevais and Mont Nicolle schools would be among those to benefit from the new crossing.

The money for the £150,000 project will be drawn from the Climate Emergency Fund.

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