‘MASSIVELY DISRUPTIVE’ TRAFFIC LIGHT REPLACEMENT WORKS AT COPPINS BRIDGE RESCHEDULED

Work to replace traffic lights around Coppins Bridge has been pushed back to next year after complaints over a lack of consultation and fears it would disrupt the Christmas retail period in Newport.

The scheme was set to start on Monday, under the Highways PFI contract, but has been deferred amid concerns raised by local councillor Geoff Brodie, who called the work ‘massively disruptive’.

Speaking at the Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet meeting last night, Cllr Brodie asked why he and only two other Newport councillors had been told about the plans just 4 days before the work was due to start.

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Cllr Brodie said the 3 councillors had been invited to attend a briefing with Island Roads, on such short notice that only he was able to attend. He said he was ‘bombarded with information’ and had no opportunity to discuss the scheme with colleagues.

 

During previous improvement schemes around Newport, including at St Mary’s Junction and St George’s Way, he said, councillors were given plenty of notice and had the opportunity to request changes to diversions and traffic management schemes.

The lack of consultation, Cllr Brodie said, was not what he expected from a council that was ‘transparent and accountable’.

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The replacements were supposed to take place between April 2018 and March 2019, as part of the 7-year PFI core investment period, but were delayed so as to not add more disruption at the same time as larger schemes.

Councillor Phil Jordan, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said the timing was considered the most appropriate as it was outside of the peak visitor time and no work was scheduled for two weeks either side of Christmas.

Work would have taken place overnight with diversions, with lane and road closures in the Fairlee Road and Staplers Road area not planned until mid-November. Cllr Jordan said this would have given time for a consultation period with councillors to take place.

Having considered the feedback, however, Cllr Jordan said the work programme was being revised to allow further communication with all councillors and work will now commence later but be completed before the start of the visitor season.

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Cllr Julie Jones-Evans, ward representative for Newport Central and one of the councillors unable to attend the Island Roads briefing, said it was important the community is consulted but was pleased to hear the scheme had been pushed back. She said Christmas was starting early in the county town this year with the festive light switch on, on November 20, which the community council has spent thousands on, and Small Business Saturday.

Cllr Jones-Evans reminded those in charge of the highways schemes that the community council and other regeneration groups were there to work alongside the Isle of Wight Council, ensuring the schemes run smoothly.

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plato
plato
1 month ago

Have we not just had nightmare enough with the St Georges way nonsense. A right decision to postpone, for once.

JHVF
JHVF
1 month ago

Why ? They’re not broken are they. Seem to be holding up traffic quite adequately.

Arthur Reeder
Arthur Reeder
1 month ago

How long are traffic lights supposed to last? Also, does anyone remember the debacle a couple of years back with the dual carriageway sliproad traffic light issues? Weren’t they too difficult to be able to fix by island workers?
I can smell another St George’s Way/St Mary’s Roundabout cockup heading our way.
Has Dave Stewart been rehired?

Jonathan
Jonathan
1 month ago

There not broken so don’t fix them…!! we the motorist and people around Newport are fed up with constant problems with traffic?! Island roads have zero thought of anyone but themselves. Enough is enough. Island roads couldn’t run a bath.

steve
steve
1 month ago

The best way to improve them wont give any delay or disruption to the work needed, FLICK the switch and turn them off. whenever they are broken the traffic flows a lot better. Save a fortune and months of chaos if that is going to involve island roads, (4 nights to put anti skid surface on a brand new road surface – if job had been done properly it wouldn’t need anti slip surface treatment and a couple of hours is more than was needed. The money would be better spent on widening the north bound approach to “hare and hounds” traffic lights so a lane exists for traffic turning onto downs allowing straight on traffic to flow freely.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Just remove the traffic lights . . . No more long delays getting anywhere – as proven when the lights are switched off for repairs.

dot
dot
1 month ago

because of the dimwits in County Hall can’t get away with building what they want on the island there now cocking up all the roads

Gorob
Gorob
1 month ago

Well they have made a hash of the roundabout that was at St Mary’s.
It is a dangerous confusing change with a unacceptable amount of traffic lights which have done nothing to improve the roads. It is just a horrible visual impact, I feel sorry for visitors who are trying to use it for the first time.
The new lay out by St Georges has made no difference to the traffic queueing.
Put back roundabouts and take out all the traffic light then watch how well it would all work.
People would just filter in naturally.

 

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