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Frustrating delays as Peel Road scheme continues

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Drivers using Peel Road, Douglas, are having to endure an increase in their waiting time at traffic lights.

Manually-operated traffic lights have been in use between 7.30am and 6pm at the Peel Road/Pulrose Bridge junction while work is carried out near to the junction.

iomtoday queried the length of the waiting times with the Department of Infrastructure (DoI).

Jeffrey Robinson, operations director at the DoI, said the manual operation of the lights was ‘successfully reducing the impact to the public through this short phase of the work’.

Mr Robinson said: ‘Whilst we work near to the Peel Road/Pulrose Bridge junction we need three way lights in operation. Unfortunately, having three way lights as opposed to two way lights does increase the waiting time slightly.

‘Waiting times during the rush hours are estimated to be around five to eight minutes. That said they do temporarily increase when the pedestrian crossing at the junction is used. The use of this crossing increases significantly between 8.30am and 9am as children make their way to school.’

Work on the road during this phase of the improvement project has gone well, said Mr Robinson, and the base asphalt was laid at the weekend to create a driving surface.

The manually-operated traffic lights are due to be removed, ahead of schedule, this week.

The one-way system on Peel Road – one of the capital’s major commuting routes – will remain in operation and Pulrose Bridge junction will become a stop sign.

Mr Robinson added: ‘Myself and the department’s contractor appreciate the disruption that projects like this cause to people’s daily routines and we make every effort to reduce overall disruption.’

 

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