Loss of lane in St Peter Port 'will cause delays'

Guernsey's St Peter Port seafront and Albert Pier
Image caption The two southbound lanes between the Town Church and Crown Pier have been merged

"Small delays" will be caused by the merging of two lanes of traffic in St Peter Port, admits Guernsey's principal traffic officer.

The main route through the island's capital reopened on Wednesday after six and a half weeks of work to change the road layout.

Colin Le Page said: "It shouldn't have a huge impact... studies show it won't be huge delays.

"But there's a huge improvement for pedestrian safety."

The increased pavements size, signage and barriers follow a move to disembark cruise ship passengers from the Albert Pier, rather than the inter-island quay.

Image caption Cruise tenders from the P&O Cruise Oriana were the first to use the new pontoons
Image caption With passengers disembarking at the Albert Pier some parking spaces are lost for the day

Some parking spaces at Albert Pier and the bus terminus will be unavailable on days when cruise ship passengers are visiting the island.

The aim is to ensure pedestrian safety and make space for coaches to pick up passengers for tours.

Mr Le Page said the "temporary" changes would be monitored for a year before a long-term decision was made.

The States estimate the total economic value of the cruise liner industry to the island is £6m a year and expects it to rise with more passengers due to come ashore this season.

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