In conjunction with Guernsey Harbours and Visit Guernsey, Traffic and Highway Services wishes to advise motorists of the annual changes to car parking arrangements in Town that are about to be implemented ahead of the forthcoming cruise ship season.
The changes for the 2017 season are the same as those operated in 2016.
Taking into account the provision of alternative parking arrangements, a total of 46 fewer car parking spaces will be available in Town on each of the 69 days when larger cruise ships are currently scheduled to visit on a Monday - Saturday between 21st April and 8th October (just 6 spaces on the 10 days when smaller ships are due to visit). On non-cruise ship days (of which there are currently 88 days on a Monday - Saturday) there will actually be an extra 25 car parking spaces available in Town as compared to the current numbers.
The cruise ship season commences on Tuesday 21st March with the arrival of the 1,266 capacity Aidavita. This is followed with cruise ship visits on the 9th and 16th April, and then regular arrivals from 21st April through until 8th October.
As a result of the above, the small car parking spaces at the eastern end of Albert Pier will not be available from Friday 17th March until the morning of Wednesday 22nd March, and then continuously from the 8th April until the end of the season as the area will be used for cruise passenger arrivals and departures. The small car parking spaces will be temporarily relocated from 8th April to the north end of the Red Light Arm by the Marina Office and also at the end of the arm of the Crown Pier.
On Monday 20th March, the 2-hour parking spaces on the southern side of Albert Pier will be changed to taxi and booked hire car parking from 18:00hrs. The change of use of these spaces will continue throughout the season, early evening the day before a visiting cruise liner arrives and during the day of the cruise liner visit.
Parking on the Red Light Arm (excluding the Marine Traders bay) of the Albert Pier will also be suspended the evening before and during the day of most cruise ship visits for coach tour parking. The Arm will also be used on some afternoons as a queuing area for passengers prior to them returning to their ship. The staff managing operations on the Pier will return the Arm to public parking as soon as tours and passenger handling operations are complete or in the event a ship is cancelled at short notice.
To mitigate for the loss of short term parking on the Albert Pier, 40 spaces of ten hour parking on the seaward side of South Esplanade by Havelet Bay will change to two hour parking on 21st March and then from 21st April for the season. To compensate for this, additional ten hour parking will be provided on Castle Emplacement in an area normally reserved for Port Permit holders. In addition, the angled spaces adjacent to the Fisherman's Quay slipway which have historically been used for other Harbour uses in the summer months will be retained for public parking.
Advanced warning notices will be placed out on site advising of the changes that will come into effect. Drivers are asked to pay particular attention to the traffic signage in the above areas to ensure the arrangements work as smoothly as possible.
Special Constables will continue to manage the unofficial crossing point near the Town Church at busy times when medium to large ships or a combination of smaller ships are visiting. This will be required at certain times of day on approximately one-third of the days when cruise ships are scheduled to visit this year.