Douglas Promenades’ regeneration scheme is progressing well with its £1.5m phase 1 on schedule, expected to be completed by TT week.
From Monday (February 3), there will be changes to the one-way system in place the Sea Terminal end with the junction between Walpole Avenue and Loch Promenade closed to through traffic for five weeks.
Traffic will be able to enter and leave Walpole Avenue using the Bath Place junction. At the same time the Sea Terminal side of Peveril Square will also be closed off to traffic.
A full road closure was considered but highway chiefs have decided to try to keep traffic flowing wherever possible.
Motorists wishing to travel from the South Quay and Parade Street direction will be diverted left at Parade Street (cannon) roundabout. They will travel along Lord Street, right onto Ridgeway Street and right again onto Victoria Street. At the end of Victoria Street they can turn left onto Douglas Promenades or right to the Bottleneck car park and the north side car park at the Sea Terminal.
Drives heading from Peel Road and the west will be diverted left on to Ridgeway Street then right on to Victoria Street.
Motorists wishing to access Walpole Avenue can use the junction at the Bath Street end from both directions. Motorists exiting Walpole Avenue must turn right towards the Parade Street roundabout then continue along Lord Street when heading to the west, and the Douglas Promenade diversion route. Motorists heading south can turn left at Parade Street roundabout.
Those wishing to travel to the ferry terminal are not affected. However, access to the Sea Terminal (front car park entrance) will be limited to just a single entrance/exit nearest to the Circus Beach ferry terminal yard.
Motorists travelling south along Loch Promenade will enter a short section of one-way at Peveril Square on the westerly carriageway (Peveril Buildings side) then back onto two-way traffic at Bath Place.
A planning application has been submitted for phase 2 of the scheme, costing around £1.5m. The overall scheme is estimated to cost £17.5m and began in August. Infrastructure Minister David Cretney said: ‘Phase 1 is on programme and expected to be complete just before TT.’