Douglas promenade improvements planned

WAY FORWARD?: An artist's impression of how the area around Victoria Clock on Douglas promenade could look once the proposed revamp is completed

WAY FORWARD?: An artist's impression of how the area around Victoria Clock on Douglas promenade could look once the proposed revamp is completed

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The government has applied for planning approval for the first phase of the Douglas promenades improvement project.

The first phase is the section from the Sea Terminal to Regent Street, along Loch Promenade.

This will include improvements to the landward side of the carriageway up to, but not including the existing horse tram tracks.

A Department of Infrastructure spokesman said: ‘This phase will help to re-establish the status of the promenade as the gateway to the capital and the island.’

It includes:

Improvements at Walpole Avenue and Victoria Street junctions – both junctions will be re-modelled to allow better flow of traffic and the pedestrian crossing point at Victoria Street will be moved to a more convenient position.

Minor improvements at the Peveril Square roundabout – kerbs to be re-set and the approach lanes will be modified.

Improvements to pedestrian areas around Peveril Square – wide granite footways between Peveril Square and Walpole Avenue.

Improvements to pedestrian facilities from the Sea Terminal car park to Victoria Street – a dedicated pedestrian link will be constructed across the Sea Terminal car park to the puffin crossing on Peveril Square.

Use of high quality natural stone materials on the footways and pedestrian areas – granite slabs, setts and kerbs to complement those used in the regeneration work.

Minor relocation of the Jubilee Clock to facilitate Victoria Street junction improvements – the clock will be moved into the centre of the pedestrian area to allow the junction improvements to be undertaken. The area around the clock will be more accessible and there will be an improved long view to the clock looking down Victoria Street.

Removal of railings and fencing around the Sea Terminal, Peveril Square and the Jubilee Clock to reduce street clutter.

This phase of the work is expected to cost about £1.5m and the contract period will be about 12 months.

The department said that the public were encouraged to comment on these proposals through the planning process.

The department said it was currently developing the designs for future phases of the project.

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