Isle of Wight Gritting Routes and Winter Maintenance

Island Roads – the Island’s PFI contractor – is responsible for maintaining a safe highway network, this includes keeping footways and the carriageways clear of obstructions, snow and ice wherever possible under their winter maintenance programme.

The Isle of Wight Council determines which roads are treated in freezing weather. The Council’s focus is on the Island’s key routes as it is not practical or economical to salt every road.

Gritting Routes

The Isle of Wight Council determines which roads are treated in freezing weather. The Council’s focus is on the Island’s key routes as it is not practical or economical to salt every road.

These routes may be subject to change when traffic diversions are in place.

Find out when gritting is taking place by following us on Twitter @IslandEcho.

Route 1

Newport, East Cowes, Whippingham, Wootton, Havenstreet, Binstead, Ryde

Gritting will start at Coppins Bridge, Newport and will cover arterial routes through Whippingham to East Cowes and passing through Wootton and Binstead.

Main roads in Ryde will also be covered including back roads to Havenstreet. Briddlesford Road near Wootton will also be gritted as well as Staplers Road and connecting routes.

Route 2

Newport, Arreton, Ashey, Brading, Seaview, St Helens, Bembridge

Gritting will cover The Downs between Downend and Ashey as well as main roads between Ryde and Brading. Gritting will also take place in Nettlestone, Seaview and St Helens.

Areas of Bembridge will also be covered by the gritting run as well as Sandown Road to Yarbridge.

Route 3

Newport, Blackwater, Rookley, Godshill, Shanklin, Lake, Sandown, Newchurch, Arreton

This route covers Sandown and Shanklin towns as well as Cowleaze Hill towards Ventnor.

The main road passing through Whitley Bank, Sanford, Godshill, Rookley and Blackwater are also covered as well as Arreton and Apse Heath through to Lake. Newchurch and Knighton will also be gritted.

Route 4

Newport, Carisbrooke, Chillerton, Chale, Niton, Whitwell, St Lawrence, Ventnor, Wroxall, Godshill, Rookley

More rural roads are covered by this gritting route to include Wroxall, Godshill and Whitwell.

Ventnor Town and Upper Ventnor are included on this gritting run proceeding through to Niton, Blackgang and Chale. Chillerton and back roads into Carisbrooke are to be gritted also.

Route 5

Newport, Carisbrooke, Calbourne, Freshwater Bay, Brook, Brighstone, Shorwell

Route 5 covers Newport Town heading out to Carisbrooke, through to Shorwell and rural roads to Brighstone and other smaller villages towards Chessell.

Military Road is covered by this route from Chale to Freshwater Bay and Afton. Middle Road is to be gritted also.

Route 6

Newport, Gunville, Cowes, Gurnard, Northwood, Porchfield, Shalfleet, Yarmouth, Freshwater, Totland, Calbourne

In Newport, the dual carriageway and industrial estate are covered by this run including Gunville Road and Forest Road out to Shalfleet, Yarmouth, Totland and Freshwater.

Cowes town and connecting routes through Porchfield and Northwood will also be gritted.

Winter Maintenance Headquarters

Island Roads’ Stag Lane depot is home to 6 modern gritters, 3 backup gritters, and the Island’s road salt supply which, under the Highways PFI, will be well in excess of that needed to cope with an average winter.

There are around 50 members of staff that are based at Stay Lane which also houses their gully-emptying and street cleansing teams and vehicles.

Gritting Vehicles

6 state-of-the-art gritters are fitted with ‘pre-wet’ technology which sprays salt with a brine solution prior to spreading.

The reason for this is to limit salt drifting on to grass verges or hedges and ensures the salt sticks to the road.

The gritters have been named by Island school children – Brad Gritt, Sally the Salt Spreader, Snowy the Gritter, Frosty, George & Goliath.

How can you help?

Before setting off in adverse conditions, check your vehicle, route and the weather forecast.

Follow the AA’s winter driving advice and plan ahead by following Island Roads and Island Echo on Twitter for the latest travel updates.

@IslandRoads  /   @IslandEcho


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