More changes for road users

Further to complaints about pedestrian safety on rue Grimaldi and around place d'Armes a new pedestrian crossing has been installed.

The Direction de l'Amenagement Urbain (DAU) has placed the crossing at the top of rue Grimaldi about 6 metres from the place d'Armes roundabout. The change is one of several made to the road and pavement layout, including:

  • modification of the lanes entering the roundabout
  • reduction of the internal radius of the roundabout
  • establishing two lanes

Government Minister for Equipment, Environment and Planning Gilles Tonelli has said that the planners are still experimenting with the road layout, acting on positive and negative comments, and observing the circulation of pedestrians and road users.

However the crossing doesn't go far enough for around 90 parents, who fear for their children at the Condamine School. They have set up a petition demanding manually operated traffic lights, or a traffic policeman to be on duty during the school run.

The parents have reason to hope that their request will be met, since the Government recently bowed to shop owners' demands for parking to be allowed in the bus lane at the top of rue Grimaldi. Stopping is prohibited only on Monday to Friday, from 7:00 to 9:30 and from 16:00 to 19:00.

Unfortunately you can't please all the people all the time, and there have been some complaints about the relocation of the Princesse Florestine bus stop. It can only be a matter of time before we start hearing voices arguing against the new stop at Fontvieille shopping area. After consultation with managers of the centre, the stop has been moved further towards McDonald's in order to improve traffic flow and allow a larger bus to stop without blocking the way for other vehicles.

A flashing pedestrian crossing on rue Grimaldi

Is rue Grimaldi dangerous for children?

New signs on rue Grimaldi

The continuing waltz of bus stops

Fontvieille : bus stop moved