Business Isle of Man, an Executive Agency of the Department for Enterprise recently undertook a trial period to test pedestrianising a small section of North Quay in order to boost footfall and capacity for hospitality businesses throughout the summer months.
Who ran the project?
The project was ran in conjunction with the Department of Infrastructure.
How long did it run for?
The trial saw a portion of the North Quay area closed between 5:30pm and 11pm every day for a period of six weeks between Friday 21st August until Wednesday 30th September.
Where was the road closed?
The closure prohibited motor vehicles on North Quay from the junction with Queen Street to the bottom of Market Hill. It also included 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 did this affect parking?
Provision for disabled parking remained, with only three spaces inaccessible during the closure but three permanent additions were allocated on North Quay just west of the junction from Queen Street- detailed on the map here.