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Isle of Wight motorists are facing 8 months of travel disruption as Southern Water prepare to carry out sewer works on Arthurs Hill and surrounding streets in Shanklin.

Road closures, temporary traffic lights and diversions will plague the area between September and some point in May as contractors work to replace and redirect sewers.

The streets affected will include Arthur’s Hill (the main Sandown to Shanklin road), Wilton Park Road, St Boniface Cliff Road and Avenue Road.

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Arthurs Hill and Wilton Park Road will be closed at alternate times to allow for diverted through traffic.

In a statement issued to Island Echo, a spokesperson from Southern Water has said:

“We’re planning to make a considerable investment in our Shanklin network to support our Bathing Water Enhancement programme. Construction will start in September in the Arthur’s Hill area and is planned to be completed by the 2019 bathing season.

The scheme will ultimately improve the resilience and capacity of our sewerage network at times of heavy storms, which is essential in helping reduce the risk of releases to the sea and will also help protect homes from flooding.

“This construction scheme is one of many measures we are undertaking, which include working with the local council to manage the beachfront area, carrying out sewer maintenance and working with local farmers too”.

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A community engagement event is being held on Tuesday 4 September at the YMCA Winchester House in Sandown Road, Shanklin. There’ll be two drop-in sessions between 10.30am and 1.30pm and from 3pm to 7pm.

These sessions are to explain this scheme in more detail with a planned timeline of work and to get the community’s feedback before work commences.

For more information about Southern Water’s Bathing Water Enhancement Programme and the work in Shanklin, visit:

Southern Water has been undertaking a water main replacement programme at Ashey Road in Ryde since last November. The work was only meant to last 5 months but now, 9 months on, the work continues with further road closures expected in the area through September and October.

Work to replace a water main at Morton Road in Brading was meant to last 6 weeks from the beginning of January, but contractors were still on site months later.

One of the main roads in and out of Cowes was closed for 2 months for another water main replacement scheme, but contractors returned a year later to close the road for another 4 weeks.

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