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GRABEN CLOSURE IN VENTNOR TO SEVER ACCESS FOR AT LEAST 11 DAYS FROM MONDAY

A near 2-week closure of The Graben in Ventnor – which will result in there being just 1 way in and out of the coastal town – will come into force on Monday (24th June).

The Upper and Lower parts of Ventnor will be severed for at least 11 days as a result of the sewer works by Southern Water on Newport Road, between the junctions of Ocean View Road and Down Lane. The work is being undertaken now in the hopes of avoiding a more significant closure if problems in the area were to escalate.

Vehicular access will only be possible from Whitwell Road, with a one-way system in place in the rural village. Traffic will be able to head south from Godshill towards Whitwell, but for traffic leaving Ventnor there will be a mandatory left turn towards Niton. Heavy goods vehicles will have to travel even further to Chale.

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The limited access is as a result of the continued closure of Leeson Road following last December’s landslide. Gills Cliff Road also remains closed, as do a number of small roads in Ventnor.

7212 Ventnor Diversion Map V2

Pedestrian access will be available past the works at all times. One side of the pavement will be closed for safety reasons and one side open to the public to use. Signs on site will direct people to which section of the pavement they should use.

Southern Vectis has confirmed the arrangements for public transport during the closure period.

There will be a shuttle bus operating in both directions between Newport and Ventnor – the 3X – as well as the normal Route 6 buses. However, Tap on Tap off will not be able to be used on the shuttle buses. A full timetable can be found at https://images-islandbuses.passenger-website.com/downloads/Ventnor%20Shuttle%20June%202024%20publicity%20version.pdf.

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Route 3 buses will turn at the Island Free School in Upper Ventnor. The stops at York Road and Steephill Down Road will not be served.

On the Route 6, the 13:55 journey from Newport to Godshill on Mondays to Saturdays will terminate in Whitwell and will not serve the stops between Whitwell and Godshill.

Island Coaster buses will be on diversion and will not serve certain parts of the route. Morning journeys towards Yarmouth will operate the normal route and timings to Donkey Sanctuary, then operate to Wroxall, turn at Station Road, then operate diversion via Godshill to Whitwell to rejoin the normal route and timings there. Stops in Upper Ventnor, Ventnor and stops between Ventnor and Whitwell will not be served.

Afternoon journeys towards Sandown/Ryde will operate the normal route and timings to Blackgang Chine, then operate diversion via Chale / Rookley / Godshill to rejoin normal route and timings at Whiteley Bank. Stops in Niton, Whitwell, Ventnor, Upper Ventnor, Wroxall and Donkey Sanctuary will not be served.

For school students, there will be changes for Route 63, 200, 202, 212 and 214, with a special shuttle in operation for those attending Wroxall Primary normally via the Route 3. Details can be found at https://www.islandbuses.info/important-ventnor-travel-information-monday-24th-june. Routes 71, 72, 73 and 215 serving Island Free School are unaffected by the closure.

A spokesperson for Island Roads has said:

“While we acknowledge these works will inevitably cause some short-term disruption, residents can be assured all parties are working together to help minimise inconvenience.

“It is important that buses are able to provide services during this work, and following discussions with all parties it has been agreed this can best be done outside of the Isle of Wight Festival period, hence the decision to start work on 24 June.”

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Noon
Noon
1 day ago

There wouldn’t be any need for a diversion through niton if they double yellowed whitwell

Maleficent
Maleficent
Reply to  Noon
20 hours ago

Well why not add Ocean View Road, upper Gills Cliff Road, Mitchell Avenue and through Wroxall to your list, and let everyone know where you’d put car parks near these properties!

Maria
Maria
Reply to  Noon
13 hours ago

Large vehicles cannot pass on the whitwell narrows by sheep wash lane as was proved before when it was closed. It caused chaos.

Freddie
Freddie
1 day ago

.Are there going to be assistance with busses reversing to turn round? Shouldn’t reverse a. bus with passengers… Unless rear guidance .

Chris Grant
Chris Grant
Reply to  Freddie
18 hours ago

They had a banksman after the initial diversion following on from the landslip in December. So I presume they will again.

Irish K Anus
Irish K Anus
1 day ago

Why are they just doing a patch up job, do a proper job and bridge across it properly.

Last edited 1 day ago by Irish K Anus
Peter Purves
Peter Purves
Reply to  Irish K Anus
1 day ago

The problem is never going to end. The graben is gradual sinking between two geological faults. The middle sinks by several millimetres each year and the area below the lower fault is also heaving away. There will always be an ongoing need for repairs.

Dee Sparing
Dee Sparing
1 day ago

Hopefully the chaos over the next two weeks will go some way to demonstrate why just abandoning major trunk roads to the elements is neither sensible nor legal.

Peter Purves
Peter Purves
1 day ago

They’ll be eating each other by the following Friday.

Bluto
Bluto
Reply to  Peter Purves
1 day ago

Wroxal has the advantage of eating an extra digit or so to last out a little longer. Expect dope and coke will rise in price.

Peter Purves
Peter Purves
Reply to  Bluto
21 hours ago

Don’t forget the tails as well.

D Armol
D Armol
1 day ago

I bet if the roads were in Newport or cows they would have been fixed pronto ventnor pay the more council tax than any other town yet we treated like second class citizens

dot
dot
21 hours ago

will island roads fix all the potholes on the main road through Wroxall they got 11 days I think the answer will be no they will be too busy tarmacking roads like the undercliff where you can’t drive through

Susan kay
Susan kay
Reply to  dot
14 hours ago

Wroxall is bad on the main road

Maleficent
Maleficent
20 hours ago

Why don’t they work evenings and weekends?

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
1 hour ago

The answer to the Graben problen in Ventnor is so simple, reopen Leeson Road.

 

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