Motorists face even more travel disruption in Ryde this month as Great Preston Road – the main diversion route for Smallbrook Lane – is to be closed for 12 days.
Island Roads is undertaking works in the area to repair the deteriorated carriageway between Harding Road and Elm Close. The road has been repaired several times over the years, but now requires a full reconstruction. It means that the road will be closed, day and night, from 18th October to 29th October.
Since 4th October, Smallbrook Lane has been closed to traffic heading away from Westridge (westbound) to enable the improvement works at Smallbrook Roundabout. This has meant that traffic has been diverted along Great Preston Road towards St John’s. However, WightFibre works have meant that a one-way system has been in force, resulting in all southbound traffic diverting via Marlborough Road. Furthermore, motorists have been unable to turn right out of Smallbrook Lane to Westridge Junction – despite there being no obstruction.
From 18th, all traffic will have to use High Park Road or Marlborough Road when travelling through the area, with Smallbrook Lane remaining closed in one direction until April next year. It’s unclear if the one-way restriction on the Westridge end of Great Preston Road will be removed in time.
Harding Road will be closed at the junction with Great Preston Road to stop motorists using Oakfield as a diversion route. However, the intention is to re-open this junction once works have moved along.
Island Roads say that work will be taking place between 07:30-18:00 on weekdays, but there will be a 24-hour closure in place between Carlton Road and St John’s Hill. No on-street parking will be permitted and additional parking restrictions will be in force on Carlton Road and Victoria Crescent.
Local residents are being advised to ensure that all kerbside waste is placed at the side of the road before 07:00 to enable an early collection.