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A one-way system and a 20mph speed limit are to be introduced on Pan Lane in Newport next Friday (19th October) in a bid to improve pedestrian safety.

It is said that there has been an increase in the number of pedestrians using this route since ASDA opened in August 2017, sparking concern amongst authorities.

Traffic is currently able to travel in both directions from Furrlongs to Godric Road, which runs alongside the ASDA superstore. However, the Isle of Wight Council have made the decision to restrict motorists by introducing a one-way system along this short stretch of carriageway.

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As of Friday morning cars will only be able to travel in a northerly direction from ASDA to Prices Garage.

The news means motorists will no longer be able to avoid Coppins Bridge and St George’s Roundabout (Matalan roundabout) by diverting through Pan Estate and down to Godric Road. However, the option still remains to exit at the top of Staplers Road and divert down through Bluebell Meadows to Godric Road.

A 6ft 6in width restriction is also being imposed on Pan Lane meaning large vehicles will no longer be able to use this road. Instead, they will have to enter Pan Estate by going around Coppins Bridge and up Furrlongs, or by entering Furrlongs off Staplers Road.

A spokesperson for Island Roads has told Island Echo:

“The IW Council and Island Roads have been looking at ways to make Pan Lane safer for the increased number of pedestrians who are now using Pan Lane since the introduction of the new superstore.

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“Pan Lane is a narrow, rural road without footways and we have therefore advertised a number of proposals to improve pedestrian safety including introducing a one-way system, a 20-mph speed limit and a width restriction which would also provide a segregated footway area for pedestrian use.

“It is hoped that these measures will, for the foreseeable future, improve safety for both pedestrians and vehicles using this route”.

The restrictions have been described as temporary, but no end date has been given.

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