Guernsey

Guernsey parking space loss due to cruise ships 'may be limited'

Cruise tender from Saga Sapphire arriving at Guernsey's Albert Pier, in St Peter Port
Image caption Parking on the whole of Albert Pier was suspended for the arrival of a cruise ship on 8 March

The loss of parking caused by changes to where cruise ship passengers land in Guernsey may only be temporary.

Plans to install a pontoon and remove 54 spaces on the Albert Pier to allow cruise tender to land passengers safely were approved on Friday.

Now the Public Services Department believes it may be possible to limit the loss of parking to only those days that cruise ships visit.

A spokesman said: "We are fairly confident we can find a solution."

He said legally changing areas between coach and car parking on an "ad hoc basis" may be possible, but they were working on the logistics.

Image caption The lost car parking spaces on the pier will be mostly offset by the creation of spaces elsewhere

Under the original plans, the revised parking arrangements would remain in place for the whole of the cruise ship season, which typically runs from mid-March to mid-September.

The plans include creating replacement parking spaces at the Crown Pier, Castle Emplacement and White Rock, although overall it would result in 11 fewer spaces being available.

If the proposals can be limited to just the days the cruise liners visit - expected to be 71 days during 2015 - it will mean an additional 40 to 50 spaces will be available in St Peter Port during the summer.

This year 140,000 cruise passengers are expected to come ashore, up from 105,000 last year, and the States estimates the total economic value of the cruise liner industry to be £6m a year.

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