Plan submitted for second phase of prom revamp

Road works on Douglas promenade looking from Peveril Square towards Regent Street

Road works on Douglas promenade looking from Peveril Square towards Regent Street

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Plans have been submitted for the second phase of the Douglas promenade improvement scheme.

If approved, it would complete the works to be carried out from the Sea Terminal end of the seafront to the Admiral Hotel, just past Regent Street.

It would see the remainder of the carriageway and seaward footways from Peveril Square being reconstructed.

And it includes provision of a designated corridor for a single tram track on the seaward side of the carriageway – although the tram tracks would not be relocated until phase three.

Phase two would require the horse trams to be temporarily terminated at a platform at Regent Street for the summer season.

Director of highways Richard Pearson said: ‘The proposals reflect what the public told us during earlier consultations however the planning process provides another opportunity for public comment.

‘I anticipate phase two costing about £1.5m however more detailed work on costs is currently in hand. It is expected that subject to planning consent, phase two will go for Tynwald approval in May or June with a start on site shortly afterwards.’

Phase one works, between Peveril Square and Victoria Street, include reconstructing the landward side carriageway, relocating the Jubilee Clock, and improving Walpole Avenue and Victoria Street junctions. It is expected to be completed before TT 2014.

Mr Pearson said: ‘Work is progressing well and I am pleased with the temporary traffic management arrangement using Walpole Avenue, which despite being a significant change has maintained reasonable traffic flow.’

He said work on future phases is ‘being planned with a particular emphasis on accelerating delivery’.

In the bid, it states the carriageway is over 70 years old. ‘It is evident from surface deterioration, ride quality and a reduction in grip that the foundations and surface have failed and need replacing.’

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