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Final Phases Of North Quay Enhancement Scheme 4 October 2007

The final two phases of the North Quay Enhancement Scheme in Douglas will go before Tynwald for approval this month. The scheme has already seen the section between Bridge Road and Ridgeway Street almost completed and, subject to Tynwald backing, work on phases two and three will start on November 5th with completion scheduled for summer next year.

Schemes Manager Jim Davidson said:

‘The roads around the inner harbour have already benefited from a great deal of infrastructure and environmental improvements. Recent alterations to Bridge Road have largely removed through traffic from North Quay, and the completion of the section of the North Quay scheme from Bank Hill to Ridgeway Street has removed parked vehicles. It has also provided an opportunity for significant environmental benefits to the area and has received much positive feedback from the public.’

Phases two and three of the project from Ridgeway Street to Parade Street will be a seamless continuation of the work carried out on phase one. It will consist of:

  • • a 1.5-metre wide safe working area for boat and craft owners, adjacent to the quay wall
  • • a 3-metre wide pedestrian/cycle way separated from the working area by illuminated railings
  • • a 3-metre wide one-way vehicle route
  • • designated unloading areas and wide pedestrian areas
  • • on-street parking between Market Hill and Parade Street, following representations at the planning stage

To encourage low traffic speeds through the area, the scheme will incorporate features such as a shared running surface, ramps, street furniture and public art and all the wide-paved surfaces will use the same quality natural materials and coloured surface treatments used in earlier phases.

Mr Davidson explained:

‘The work will require this section of North Quay to be closed to through traffic throughout the construction period. The Department has an agreement in principle with its partners to discharge a planning condition to provide residents and visitors’ parking in the evening and at weekends in a section of Shaw’s Brow Car Park. Also, there will be on-street parking provision near Parade Street within the scheme.’

The Department appreciates that this will be a difficult project to deliver whilst maintaining access to businesses and properties and it is grateful to everyone for their ongoing cooperation.

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