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Future Of Broad Street Still Unclear

There is still no final decision on whether to reopen Broad Street to cars and motorbikes in Jersey.

The Infrastructure Minister has signed a new order to keep it closed to these vehicles for a bit longer, so a final recommendations report can be prepared.

Deputy Kevin Lewis says this will allow more time for consultation to assess how the character of this area of town is changing and how it can best be used.

"In light of the development proposals put forward by Le Masurier, which, if approved, would see many more residents, visitors and shoppers using the Broad Street and Commercial Street area, it is right that we continue to take stock and consult with traders.

The continuation of the closure is a decision that comes with the support of members of the Regeneration Steering Group, including the Constable of St Helier, and is as recommended by the Broad Street Project Board. This will allow further time for their evidence-based review to be completed."

An interim report published in December 2021 said it would be a 'lost opportunity' to return Broad Street to how it was before the pandemic.

The road has been closed to motor traffic for nearly two years.

The government said in May 2020 that the closure was aimed at allowing more space for al-fresco dining and for people to practice social distancing because of Covid-19.

There have been mounting calls to reopen it to traffic. A petition was signed more than 1500 times and the Chamber of Commerce said it was very detrimental to the sales of several businesses in the area.

In response to the petition, Deputy Kevin Lewis said it would stay closed for as long as people need to keep at least one metre apart outside.

He then promised States members that he would open Broad Street when he was advised that it was safe and proper to do so.

The States Assembly voted last year to allow buses to use the road, but keep it closed to other vehicles and trial a 'sustainable transport corridor' to help disabled people get into town, support active travel, and increase footfall to town shops.

St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft put forward that proposition and has backed the Infrastructure Minister's decision.

"The Parish often receives requests for space in town for pop up events, markets, performances, displays and other activities, and Broad Street is the perfect home for many of them. We have seen, just a stone’s throw away, how the pedestrianisation of Charing Cross has created a wonderful,

I’m supportive of this decision to keep Broad Street car and motorbike free, albeit it with the caveat of the completion of the review by the Broad Street Project Board, which includes representation from our Town Centre Manager."

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