Wednesday 04 July 2012
Following the Environment Department Board's decision to reinstate a filter at the Airport junction, the design work has now been carried out and a plan detailing the layout of the filter is attached.
Weather permitting, the filter and associated markings/signs will be installed this Sunday [8 July]. In order for the junction works to be installed, the junction will need to close, but work has been scheduled to take place between 04:00hrs and 12:00hrs to minimise the impact on drivers and the Airport contractors travelling to and from their compound. Access to the Airport will be maintained at all times from the east (Le Burg end). Drivers will have to enter and exit via the left-hand exit lane from the Airport, which will be controlled with signals.
Traffic heading east will be diverted along La Mont Marched (temporarily one-way from Mont Marched Estate towards Levine), Vu e de L'Eglise (temporarily one-way from Levine towards Rue du Presbyter e).
Traffic heading west will be diverted along Russel Road, Rue des Oculars, La Villiaze Road, Route de Plisse, Route des Bas Courtils, Rue du Groan, Route de la Tonnelle, Route de Plaisance and Route de F arras.
Whilst the junction filter is similar to the previous one it is different in several respects and the Department will monitor its effectiveness carefully over a period of one month.
The main points of the new layout are as follows:-
- The junction will operate as a 4-way filter, with the South Compound included as part of the filter. Drivers exiting from the Compound will have the right to filter in turn with other traffic on the public highway.
- The through route for pedestrians along the pavement in front of the South Compound will be closed off with water filled barriers and pedestrians will be diverted to cross on a newly marked pedestrian crossing across the private compound access. This will enable the filter box to be extended over the pavement giving better indication to drivers on the main road that the southern compound forms part of the filter. The crossing will help to slow down drivers exiting the south compound (as they would have to stop and check for pedestrians) which will, in effect, act as traffic calming. Therefore, the Board considered that physical measures would no longer be required.
- The filter box will be lengthened on the east side, as vehicles travelling from the east would need to stop further back from the junction than previously when the filter was in position, to enable large vehicles to make the right-hand turn from the South Compound.
- The left hand lane from the Airport has been excluded from the filter and will operate with a stop line, as it was previously.
- The left hand lane into the Airport when travelling from west to east will operate with a stop line, rather than a give-way line as it was previously. This is to ensure that drivers stop and check for traffic approaching from the east and from the south compound.
- An additional supplementary plate will be installed on each filter sign stating '4 way' to indicate that the south compound is included as part of the filter.
Karl Guille, Traffic and Transport Services Manager