The notorious, off-centre mini-roundabout will be transformed from the start of October with approaches widened and realigned, traffic islands installed and the centre of the roundabout repositioned. The speed limit is also going to be reduced to 30mph.
Work is due to begin from 4th October and last until the start of April 2022, with temporary traffic lights installed and one-way restrictions on crucial roads causing significant disruption for the thousands of motorists that pass through the area each day.
Smallbrook Lane will become one-way for traffic heading towards Westridge, meaning all westbound traffic will be diverted via St John’s Road. This is expected to cause tailbacks through the St John’s area, especially at peak times. Carters Road will also become one-way, allowing traffic to travel from Upton to Smallbrook only – somewhat of a one-way system for the area, which sees a lot of traffic heading into Ryde from Newport and the south.
Throughout the phased scheme there will be times when Ashey Road, Carters Road and Smallbrook Lane are closed in their entirety. Smallbrook Lane will be closed from 09:30 until 15:30 on Thursday 30th September for utility works.
Further disruption is expected as Great Preston Road is listed as being closed for reconstruction work, day and night, for approximately 6 weeks until 12th November. At the same time, Great Preston Road is listed as becoming one-way (east to west) for utility works.
It was back in January this year that Island Echo exclusively revealed the major redevelopment plans. The Isle of Wight Council has remained silent on the matter, with no consultation with local residents and no notice of works to date – despite the expectation of works beginning in less than 2 weeks’ time. A letter is expected to be sent out tomorrow (Thursday).
Over £100,000 was spent on making improvements to Smallbrook Roundabout just a few years ago, which seems to be money wasted now that this larger, more robust scheme – which some may argue should have happened years ago – is taking place.
Councillor Phil Jordan, Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said:
“Naturally there will be some disruption while the work is underway but given the accident rate here, we must be prepared to improve safety at this junction for everyone.
“I am mindful that grant funding will pay for the work, and we will continue to keep the community informed on progress.
“We would like to thank motorists in advance for their understanding and patience while we deliver this much needed and improved road safety scheme.”
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