The arterial route between Niton and Ventnor has now been closed until the end of April 2014 as Island Roads begin geotechnical work at three locations on the unstable length of road. In the vicinity of Undercliff Caravan Park and a property called Woodlands, the highway will be anchored by 25-metre steel cables driven through the clay strata into a more substantial layer of rock. At a stretch above Hunts Road, more than 100 ten-metre concrete piles will be drilled into the rock to strengthen the highway
Meanwhile over in Bouldnor – the main approach into Yarmouth – work is being undertaken to strengthen a 700-metre stretch of the highway between the Viewpoint Car Park and Yarmouth Green. 650 steel sheet piles will be driven up to 16 metres into the ground, a process called ‘soil nailing’, will also be used to stabilise the highway at the Yarmouth end of the scheme.
Due to the closure at Undercliff, Southern Vectis have put a diversion in place for Route 6 buses. The diversion for route 6 towards Ventnor (for journeys that normally operate via St Lawrence) will be Church Street, right into High Street, left into Rectory Road, Chatfeild Road, Kemming Road, right into Ventnor Road, Whitwell Road, right into Lower Gills Cliff Road, right into Castle Road, right into Steephill Road to the Botanic Garden and turn to rejoin the normal journey.
St Lawrence will not be served during this six month closure. The diversion will operate in both directions.
Photo by Colin Mccrae