Business Isle of Man, an Executive Agency of the Department for Enterprise has announced a trial period to test pedestrianising a small section of North Quay in order to boost footfall and capacity for hospitality businesses during the summer period.
Who is running the project?
The project is being run in conjunction with the Department of Infrastructure.
How long will it run for?
The trial will see a portion of the North Quay area closed between 5:30pm and 11pm every day for a period of six weeks, starting Friday 21st August until Wednesday 30th September.
Where is the road closed?
The closure will prohibit motor vehicles on North Quay from the junction with Queen Street to the bottom of Market Hill. It will also include Ridgeway Street from James Street to North Quay, Chapel Row and New Bond Street for their entire length.
The map which is available to download in the ‘Downloadable Resources’ section to the right, demonstrates this visually.
When was this decided?
The Business Agency hosted a public meeting on 23rd July 2020 to seek feedback on a proposal to pedestrianise the wider section from Quine’s corner to Barbary Coast.
As a result, the proposed scheme was amended with the key changes including evening-only closure, reduction of the closure area in question, Market Hill to remain open and Chapel Row to be closed.
How will this affect parking?
Provision for disabled parking remains, with only three spaces inaccessible during the closure but three permanent additions to be allocated on North Quay just west of the junction from Queen Street. This is also detailed on the map here.
Generally in pedestrianised areas across the UK and Europe, studies have shown it has resulted in an increase in footfall in the area, an increase in revenue of businesses located there, a reduction in pollution, an increase in safety, as well as an increase in value of property. This is what the Department is hoping to achieve in line with the Douglas Master Plan.
Through this quick survey, we would like to hear feedback from the customers of businesses located on North Quay, on the Pedestrianisation trial which has ran from 21st August and will finish on 30th September 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FBG36Q2