Around 600 vehicles are now using the new reversed South Hill route as an alternative to La Route du Fort in the mornings between 7.30am and 9am.
Traffic changes around the Mount Bingham, South Hill and Havre des Pas area were introduced on Tuesday morning to help reduce the traffic congestion in the south of town and gradually more motorists are using this route and it is having a beneficial impact on traffic flows in the area.
Unfortunately, on Wednesday there was bad weather coupled with several accidents that occurred on the major routes into town and a breakdown in the tunnel, causing extremely long delays and leading to a lot of frustration for motorists.
As more motorists make use of this alternative route to the town centre, delays on La Route du Fort will reduce, which will ease the pressure on the roundabout at the east end of the tunnel. This in turn should reduce delays for drivers from the west of the Island along La Route de la Liberation as traffic exiting to the tunnel roundabout experiences fewer delays.
Kevin Lewis, Minister for Transport and Technical Services said, “We are beginning to see the positive impact of the new reversed South Hill traffic arrangements and I would encourage more people to use this alternative route in the mornings.”
Delays over and above the normal peak hour delays should still be expected until such time as Mount Bingham can be partly re-opened. For public safety reasons this will not be possible until the rock stabilisation works have progressed to the point where the risk of a rock fall has been minimised.