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Major works scheme to start on Sea Terminal approaches 24 October 2006

Work begins on Monday, October 23rd on the first phase of a major highway improvement in Peveril Square and Bath Place. The work will improve the freight and passenger vehicle access to the Circus Beach marshalling area and to the Sea Terminal.

This phase of the project will cover the section from Parade Street / Bath Place roundabout to the entrance of the Circus Beach marshalling area, which is the main entrance to the port, and part of Peveril Square. Work on Phase 1 will be completed by April next year.

Phase 2 will improve the entrance onto the Victoria Pier and access to the Bottleneck car park, it will also improve the section of Loch Promenade from the Bottleneck car park to Victoria Street and will take place at a later date.

Temporary traffic management arrangements will be set up to ensure that the road will remain open to traffic, and that access to the port and adjacent businesses is maintained at all times.

John Clayton, Port Manager for Douglas, explains:

‘The work involves the resurfacing of Bath Place and a replacement roundabout at the Circus Beach entrance to improve safety.
‘Vehicular access to the port will be maintained at all times as will through traffic to and from the promenade for vehicles travelling from the south and west.
‘As part of helping maintain the traffic flow, we will be temporarily removing two of the four Puffin crossings on Loch Promenade. These will be by Regent Street and Granville Street. By suspending these crossings, it should assist the traffic flow along the promenade and pedestrians will be directed to the remaining crossings.’

Mr Clayton adds:

‘The port has evolved, the traffic flow has increased and that has identified concerns in the road layout. There will be gaps between the phases and each will be carried out during winter to reduce the disruption to traffic.'

The completed scheme will address the safety issues and improve generally the area fronting the Sea Terminal.

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