UPDATED FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – JUNE 2020
The highway works will be completed by March 2021. See below news release issued 5 06 2020::
The Isle of Man Government, working in partnership with its main construction contractor Auldyn Construction Ltd, has developed a new Promenade programme to allow the highway works along the Douglas Promenade to be delivered more quickly.
The ambitious programme seeks to take advantage of the low traffic volumes due to COVID-19 restrictions and the likelihood of there being limited holiday visitors during the summer of 2020. The aim is to make sure that the works are completed before the 2021 visitor season so that businesses along the Promenades can have the best possible chance to recover from the challenges created by COVID-19.
The new programme will mean that the Promenade highway will be complete by the end of March 2021 so that all construction works are removed from the Prom before the season starts. Over the following winter the tram track will be completed.
Two key decisions have been taken to achieve this new programme. Firstly, some of the constraints imposed on the scheme are being relaxed. Secondly, some elements of the scope of the work are being delivered in a new way or delayed until the following winter.
The changed constraints mean that a one-way system from Victoria Street through to Summerhill will be in place from Monday 15 June 2020 until the end of the school summer holidays. There will be associated closures at various times on side roads such as Church Road Marina, Broadway and Summer Hill. Broadway and Church Road Marina will be closed at the same time for six weeks. To help traffic moving southbound there will be adjustments to key junctions in Onchan and Douglas. The new traffic management details are outlined on www.myprom.im and on www.gov.im
The site’s operating hours will now be from 0730-1830 on weekdays and from 0730 to 1530 on Saturdays. There may be some work on some Sundays. Some of the noisier activities will not start until 0800.
There will be limited parking along the highway on the Promenade during the summer but this will be fully reinstated as soon as possible. The Promenade walkway will not be open for parking as it will be used for emergency vehicles from 15 June.
The scope of the project has been reduced by two temporary changes intended to make sure that it is ready by 31 March 2021.
The first major change will be that the horse tram track line from Broadway through to the Bottleneck will not be laid until the winter of 2021-22. The route of the tramway will be temporarily replaced with landscaping.
The second change is that the roundabouts at the bottom of Broadway and Church Road will for now be finished in an enhanced tarmac construction. This will save a number of months on the programme. The high quality pedestrian crossings close to the roundabouts will still be finished in block paving as part of the main works but the two roundabouts will be updated with paviours as part of the later works.
Infrastructure Minister Tim Baker MHK said:
‘This is the Government’s most significant refurbishment scheme and we are determined to deliver a new gateway to the Isle of Man. COVID-19 has changed this scheme, like everything else, so bringing in additional resource and deferring parts of the scheme until after the tourist season for 2021 is the right decision for the Isle of Man. I am certain that I want the works to be off the Prom by the end of March but equally certain that I want the tramway to be completed to the Sea Terminal before the 2022 season in line with the express will of Tynwald.
‘This approach gives the businesses on the Promenade and the Island as a whole the opportunity to regroup and bounce back ready for the 2021 season. This decision demonstrates the commitment of this Government to support our businesses and our economy.
‘We will continue to liaise with all residents and businesses along the length of Douglas Promenade to address any concerns or offer assistance.’
The junction with Harris Promenade Broadway is closed to traffic; re opening 8 September.
15 June 2020: One-way traffic flow (south to north) will be introduced along the length of the Promenade from its junction with Victoria Street at the south to Summerhill at the north.
15 June 2020: Reversal the one-way system on Mona Drive – all traffic will flow down onto the Promenade.
15 June 2020: Regent Street will close to traffic reopening 21 August.
15 July 2020: The junction of Queen’s Promenade and Summerhill will close to traffic – reopening 8 September.
25 July 2020: The junction of Church Road will be closed to traffic – reopening 10 November.
8 September 2020: Two-way traffic flow will be restored from the junction with Broadway north to Summerhill (Please note: Broadway south will remain one-way from Victoria Street north).
15 December 2020: Two-way traffic flows will be restored along the remaining length of the Promenade (Loch Promenade and Harris Promenade).
1 April 2021: All works completed.
Other frequently asked questions:
Is the Free shuttle bus still running?
No, the shuttle bus has now been suspended until further notice.
Is there free drinking water fountains on Douglas Promenade?
Yes - three drinking water fountains have already been installed along the seaward side of the Promenade, two at the Marine Gardens and one at the Queens Gardens.
What is happening in connection with the tram/highway crossing point?
Additional parking spaces/loading facility has now been incorporated into the scheme near Clarence Terrace.
The position of the tram highway crossing point has been subject to numerous meetings and queries. We are unable to re-locate this complex rail and highway interaction. The small, low level planted area is not suitable for parking.
For a safe operation, the junction between the rail and highway will be controlled by lighted signals.
Where is the additional parking?
There is free overnight parking at Parade Street East, The Tongue (by Douglas Yacht Club); 24 hour parking is available at Summerland (34 spaces) and on the walkway at Strathallan (24 spaces). .
Will access to properties always be maintained?
Pedestrian access to properties will always be maintained during the whole scheme but it will not be possible to continually maintain vehicle access. We will liaise directly with all stakeholders when we have details that affect them.
Project Overview - Progress
280 metres of highway construction has been completed on the seaward side of Queens Promenade
500 metres of lower layers of road construction installed on the landward side of Loch Promenade.
Water Trunk Main Installation
515 metres out of 2,100 metres of 355mm diameter installed
370 metres out of 640 metres of 180mm diameter installed
High Voltage circuits installed and made live from:
Strathallan sub-station to Queens (200 metres)
Loch Promenade SS to Howard Street SS (300 metres)
Empress SS and Villa SS (500 metres)
HV ducting installed between Queens SS and Switzerland Rd (200 metres)
Gas Main Installation
350 metres of 315mm diameter PE main installed
Approximately 800 metres of new ducting installed
Tram Rail Installation
Over 1,800 metres of tram line have been installed
MyProm Project TeamUpdated on 24 June 2020