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Public consultation on one-way Mountain Road during TT 5 March 2007

THE Department of Home Affairs is today launching the public consultation to obtain the views of the general public on the proposal to make the Mountain Road one-way for all traffic during TT fortnight 2007.

Anyone with a view on the issue is invited to write to TT Consultation, Department of Home Affairs, 88 Woodbourne Road, Douglas IM2 3AP or email comments to TTconsultation@gov.im.

Public notices inviting people to comment on the one-way proposal for the festival fortnight will be published in this week’s local newspapers. Additionally, more information about the reasons for considering the one-way proposal can be found on the Department’s website here

All comments must be received by the Department of Home Affairs, which is leading the public consultation on behalf of Government, by 5pm on 23 March 2007.

Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK commented:

‘I realise that time is short for people to comment on the one-way proposal but I feel it’s important people have a chance to express their opinion on a matter which will impact on many residents and visitors. It is important to consider the views of the general public along with submissions from interested parties before a decision is made.’

The suggestion of making the section from Ramsey Hairpin to the Creg-ny-Baa one-way in the direction of the TT course (north to south) was put forward by the Emergency Services as an option for improving road safety during the Centenary TT for both residents and visitors alike, when the volume of visitor traffic is expected to be double that of recent years. During recent TT festivals, around 9,500 motorcyclists have visited during the fortnight compared with 19,500 who are already booked for TT 2007.

Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle said:

‘There are many issues to take into account and the view of the Emergency Services is one important aspect. However, the views of all interested parties and residents will be considered and Government is keeping an open mind on the outcome. We have to balance possible improvements in road safety that would result from implementation of a one-way system with the impact on motorists of a one-way Mountain Road for TT fortnight.’

Transport Minister David Anderson explained:

‘Whether or not it is decided to make the Mountain Road one-way for TT, the outcome will impact on the Department of Transport in terms of the road safety measures which will need to be implemented. Indications from the Steam Packet and the airlines suggest the Isle of Man will welcome up to 50,000 visitors for the Centenary TT, and we need to ensure we do everything we can to enhance road safety for such an influx of visitors.’

Meanwhile, the Tourism Minister Adrian Earnshaw confirmed discussions are on-going with TT marshals who fear additional traffic on the Island’s roads and the one-way system may cause them problems in getting to marshalling points around the TT course.

Mr Earnshaw said:

‘The TT has an army of loyal supporters whose dedication and voluntary efforts have enabled the event to be staged for 100 years, and their efforts have contributed to it developing into the world class event we see today. The TT marshals have many years’ experience of the world’s greatest road race and we will be listening to their views and doing our utmost to accommodate their requirements to assist them in providing essential support for the Centenary TT.’

All comments should be received by 5pm on Friday 23 March 2007. The Department of Home Affairs will analyse all comments submitted and present a summary and recommendations to the Council of Ministers as soon as possible thereafter.

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