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Major work to upgrade the traffic lights and pedestrian facilities outside The Heights in Sandown is due to begin on Monday (11th November), which is likely to bring a level of disruption.

The Island Roads work will install new traffic lights that are better able to detect and manage traffic movement at this busy location. The upgraded lights will also offer enhanced pedestrian crossing safety features similar to those used at ‘Puffin crossing’ sites.

The project will mark the end of an Island-wide signal upgrade programme that has seen new lights and crossing facilities installed at 16 sites this year. It will mean that since 2013 when the Highway Improvement Partnership began, 72 sets of signals will have been upgraded. The 3 remaining sites – all in Newport – will be improved as part of the Isle of Wight Council’s ongoing Newport Junction Improvement project.

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The work at Sandown is scheduled to take 3 weeks during which temporary traffic arrangements including 4-way temporary traffic lights will be in use. Similar work has recently taken place in Ryde, which led to significant delays at Westridge Cross.

Keith Gourlay, Island Roads construction manager, said:

“This work will complete a comprehensive upgrade of traffic light replacement and enhancement across the Island.

“These upgraded sites all feature the latest technology which is better able to respond to traffic and pedestrian movement. They are designed to keep traffic flowing as effectively as possible and also – and very importantly – to improve pedestrian safety.”

During the work, there will be temporary traffic arrangements in place in order to help Island Roads operatives complete the work as quickly and as safely as possible, which include a right turn prohibition for motorists travelling south along Broadway into The Heights Car Park.  Motorist should follow local diversion signs and access The Heights via Beachfield Road.

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Keith said:

“Islanders have been extremely helpful throughout our work and, once again, we would like to thank them in advance for their understanding and co-operation during this scheme.

“We would ask anyone using The Heights and Sandown Medical Centre to follow the diversion signs and not to turn right into the Height’s Car Park as this manoeuvre will cause additional delays to traffic and is likely to cause frustration to all road users.”

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‘Will mark the end of’ ‘the three remaining sites’ So not the ‘end of’ then !!

Az-zahra Aziz

The recently replaced ones at Westridge will be a waste of cash, as, when the thousand plus homes ruining Ryde for the rest of time, are built, it will need far more than just an update to move traffic in, and out of Ryde. The developers will be living nowhere near the chaos they happily create for the rest of us for all time. With countless newcomers filling the UK every year, the pressure on housing has now forced many to live on the Island, thus ruining the Island for the rest of time. This so called ‘cheap’ imported labour,… Read more »


Sorry, but how on earth can you take 3 weeks to do this job? Answer, give it to Island Roads. As, has already been demonstrated across the island, there is no real effort put into the job. If there was then a kit of parts would be on site at the very start, work (not looking at it, not on their mobile and not sitting in the lorry cab) would be carried out 24/7. Additionally the temporary lights would be operated by a trained operative 24/7 so that, as in many cases, there is not a 1/2 mid queue one… Read more »

Dicky Daniels

Island roads have been causing gridlock in Ryde, since early summer changing traffic lights. For the last 4 weeks Wightfiber have also added to the problem, which continues to early December. At least we will get many improvements to roads etc when they build 10000 more houses?


If there anything like the so called new smart traffic lights they will probably be worse than what’s there now look at the chaos the new so called smart lights cause on South Street and church litten good luck everyone and god’s speed while this is going on

Joe Blogs

wasting yet more money to replace traffic lights which work perfectly. Look at the monstrosities in Newport which give yo a crick in the neck to see when you can cross. A complete waste of money but what does the council care because it is our money.

Az-zahra Aziz

Could not believe on Wednesday, with all the chaos at St Mary’s roundabout etc, that Island roads had closed off one lane of the road out of Newport through Carisbrooke to ‘jet wash’ the walls of the Mall.

Pointless and could not have chosen a worse time, IF, it needed doing.

Mark Dunsford

Can someone from island roads explain why this will take three weeks? Given the massive disruption caused you’d expect IR to be doing everything possible to complete this work quickly whereas in fact the reverse seems to be the case. Having been stuck in the chaos caused by several of these upgrades I’ve seen that most (90%) of the time no work is taking place. A team install the temporary lights, days later the old lights are taken off the pole, days after that the poles are replaced, days after that new lights appear in the poles then another few… Read more »

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