Road users entering, and leaving St Peter Port harbour and the North Beach car park will face very different access arrangements from Sunday 18th November until early Friday 23rd November.
This is due to essential road resurfacing work being carried out, major traffic access changes being put in place to accommodate the work, drivers are being urged to slow down, and they should look both ways before executing any manoeuvre.
All access to North Beach will be via St Julian's Emplacement (White Rock) exit road only. The road will be made temporarily two-way to vehicular traffic. Road users should follow the signage to access the car parks, the passenger ferry terminal, and other port facilities.
The Head of Port Operations for Guernsey Harbours Jerome Davis said:
"This resurfacing work is vital for improving access to St Peter Port harbour for vehicles. The current road surface has lasted well but it needs an upgrade. We understand this improvement work may cause delays and concern for road users. However, this resurfacing project has been deliberately timed, as there are fewer car ferry sailings and bulk cargo deliveries during peak commuter rush hours. Guernsey Harbours has liaised and worked with commercial operators to ensure truck deliveries and access to restricted areas of St Peter Port harbour is maintained during the resurfacing work."
During the first phase of the works there will be no through pedestrian and cycle access between Glategny Esplanade and the Quay (via North Beach). Pedestrians heading in either direction should travel along the landward side of the road and use the St Julian's Avenue pelican crossing instead. Cyclists heading towards town should exit the cycle path along Glategny Esplanade and those leaving town on a bicycle should re-join the cycle path at Salerie Corner.
The phasing of the project will mean that as the project progresses, the normal exit from North Beach Car Park onto the roundabout and pedestrian / cycle access from Glategny Esplanade to North Beach will be reopened as soon as works allow.
A spokesman for the States Traffic and Highway Services said:
"This is a major piece of road resurfacing as part of our island-wide programme of work for improving Guernsey's roads. It is vital the road surface is able to withstand the constant demand of commuter and commercial traffic, entering the car parks and St Peter Port harbour. We recognise these essential works will have a major impact on traffic flows through the Weighbridge roundabout and the harbour itself. All road users who use the area and pedestrians should be aware heavy congestion is likely and allow extra time and take extra care during their journeys."
During peak hours, Traffic Wardens and Guernsey Harbours staff will be placed at strategic points to assist with pedestrian safety and traffic flow.