MORE TRAVEL MISERY AS SMALLBROOK LANE TO BE CLOSED COMPLETELY FOR 3 WEEKS

Motorists face yet more disruption in Ryde as Smallbrook Lane is to be completely closed next week, and again for 2 weeks later on in November.

The initial plan was to complete the roundabout improvement works under temporary traffic lights with a one-way system on Smallbrook Lane for a period of 6 months. However, the Isle of Wight Council has now taken the decision to close Smallbrook Lane in both directions for 3 weeks next month.

From Monday (1st November), SGN will undertake utility works across the carriageway for a period of 1 week. During this time Smallbrook Lane will be closed to all motorists with traffic diverted via Green Lane to Brading. This will lead to greater amounts of traffic on the main Sandown to Ryde road, as well as through the St John’s area of Ryde for those travelling towards Westridge from the west.

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However, temporary traffic lights just up the road at West Street, near Swanmore, will add to the misery for motorists with lengthy delays already being experienced due to the footway works taking place.

From 22nd November, Smallbrook Lane will once again be closed in both directions but this time for a period of 2 weeks as Southern Water complete their utility works, alongside the likes of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and BT.

Outside of these closures, Smallbrook Lane will remain one-way (from the west) until April 2022.

The major improvement scheme is on track with the removal of vegetation and trees now completed.

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Kevin Burton, Network Manager for Island Roads, has said:

“We are making good progress with the work to improve safety at this well-used junction and are grateful to residents for their patience and cooperation so far.

“The work to reroute the major utility services in the area is significant and we are grateful to all those involved for working with us to coordinate this work in a timely way. This should mean far less disruption avoiding the need for multiple road closures for those residents with the work instead being completed in two shorter phases.”

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Firthy
Firthy
1 month ago

As stated to install services for Pennyfeather etc.

nick
nick
Reply to  Firthy
1 month ago

Yep totally agree making us all out to be fools that believe its only making the mini roundabout safer! what a joke!!

Wise after the event
Wise after the event
1 month ago

I really don’t think there were any real safety issues at this junction, and there are already multiple road closures in Ryde now. It seems island roads don’t really have a planning department, if it does, it must have a map of the Isle of Wight on the wall, and about 50 darts to throw at it!

Firthy
Firthy
Reply to  Wise after the event
1 month ago

Hence the REAL reason is to prevent massive queues from the Pennyfeathers and Bullen etc developments once filled.

It is NOT becasue someone has dented a bumper, or knocked off a wing mirror at the site.

We could ALL find far more ‘worthy’ places for a roundabout, such as Windford by Springbank, Hare and Hounds lights junction, Arretton by the boat and wooden hare junction, etc etc.

This is about developers knowing the right people on the council and them mitigating the holdups for when the mass housing is created to limit some of the flack but USING our safety as the excuse to fool the dumb, and boy their are plenty.

Bojosays?
Bojosays?
Reply to  Wise after the event
1 month ago

Are you claiming that Kevin Burton is a liar and doesn’t know what he’s doing?

Kev
Kev
Reply to  Wise after the event
1 month ago

There really was an issue with this roundabout and has been for years, however the planning dep’t for Island Roads is not fit for purpose.

fedup
fedup
1 month ago

And, during these closures just how many will be actually working 24/7?

Quayman III
Quayman III
1 month ago

How about ALL road works within 2 mile radius suspended until Smallbrook is finished and right turn to Westridge traffic lights reinstated. Obviously emergency utility works would have to be carried out Once completed no further works permitted for 5 years All roadworks must be authorised by IW Council

Ben
Ben
1 month ago

Went past the other morning 1 bloke sat in a digger with his feet up on his phone and nobody else is sight.

Ryde Reader
Ryde Reader
Reply to  Ben
1 month ago

Yep! I went past around 2.30pm on Tuesday, 2 men on the whole site. One on a digger the other pointing! Why?!!!!

John
John
1 month ago

Has anyone got a spare helicopter i need to get out of ryde

dtothec
dtothec
1 month ago

If they are just making the roundabout wider and safer which involves cutting down vegetation then why do the utilities need to get involved unless there is future development planned.
The planning department of IOW council must have some vacancies as clearly nobody works in there to allow the numerous amount of roadworks to go ahead in Ryde all at the same time causing traffic carnage, but hey what do they care

Kate
Kate
1 month ago

Island roads and contractors are basically out of control now. They are just closing anything they want without any forward planning or consideration for the public. Temporary traffic lights, cones, barriers, causing chaos and half the time, no workers in sight.

chris donahue
chris donahue
1 month ago

And there was me believing the council that it was all about improving road safety……

Bird table
Bird table
1 month ago

Is Great Preston Road re-opening on schedule? Given the number of road closures in Ryde at the moment, Ryde might as well be an Island itself, quickest way to Cowes might well be via Portsmouth, to Southampton an on to Cowes. And who authorised the tree work at Kite Hill today? blocking up just about the only viable route to Newport.

Sunshine
Sunshine
1 month ago

It was always going to be something to do with UTILITIES connected with P Feath future building of 904 homes. Road widening, tut tut!!! Maybe a little bit of roundabout work but mainly putting other things in place……

sceptic kev
sceptic kev
1 month ago

And now to cap it all, temp lights gone up on marlborough road this morning, right on the junction of salisbury rd!! You couldnt make it up!!!! Get a grip Council

Lady Dunstanding
Lady Dunstanding
1 month ago

If you pass an Island Roads employee having a rest enjoying a pasty, or involved in absolutely essential telephone interaction, please don’t give him grief. He is only following the orders. The orders must be obeyed. They come from on high, and to achieve full bung worthy OBE status then the orders must be implemented. Houses for all, free land for none. Stay indoors and buy stuff off uk. gov.ripoff.soldout.com.

 

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