Motorists have hit out over a planning shambles by the Isle of Wight’s PFI contractors Island Roads, as three road closures mean hundreds of drivers will be diverted down through a tight residential area – or face up to a 10 mile diversion – for those traveling to and from The Bay area on the east coast of the Island tonight (Tuesday).
From 19:00, three arterial routes to and from the Sandown, Lake and Shanklin areas will be closed to traffic in both directions, meaning motorists are left with no choice but to divert via Ryde or Ventnor to reach Newport, or head down through the tight residential area of Green Lane in Lake – a planning decision that has been blasted by Island Echo readers and local residents who say Green Lane is in “desperate need of re-surfacing”.
Mersley Down Road (‘The Downs’) between Downend and Ryde/Brading will be closed between 19:00 and 23:00, while Newport Road in Lake will be closed from Whitecross Lane to Lamorbey Road between 18:30 and 06:00. These two closures come as roadworks continue on Victoria Avenue in Shanklin, which will remain closed tonight preventing motorists using the road to access Whitely Bank to divert around the Newport Road closure – a quicker and safer option.
With all three closures in place, drivers are set to be diverted via Green Lane and Landguard Road in Shanklin, including large HGV vehicles – a road that is completely unsuitable for lorries and other large vehicles with several tight corners and narrow passing points.
Last night an articulated lorry collided with a set of traffic lights at the junction of Victoria Avenue and Shanklin High Street in an attempt to use Whitely Bank as a diversion route for the Newport Road closure, an incident which has resulted in the decision to keep Victoria Avenue closed tonight, it is understood.
Island Echo requested a statement from Island Roads on the decision to close all three roads at the same time, however a response had not been given before going to press.