The new temporary access, construction of which began this morning (Wednesday), will also provide a drop-off point for Arreton St George CE Primary School children.
Work to reconstruct more than two kilometres of the main road through Arreton and Newchurch will begin on Monday (20th April), as previously reported. Under the scheme, the road will be closed to through-traffic so work can be undertaken day and night, six days a week in order to re-open the road as soon as possible.
The temporary access from Downend Road will give full access to the Arreton Barns complex which includes The Dairyman’s Daughter pub as well as shops and local craft outlets. The road will be built at the expense of Island Roads.
Keith Gourlay, Island Roads, construction manager, said:
“We have tried to do all we can to help local traders and school users who will be affected by this scheme which, though badly needed, will inevitably cause some disruption.
“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with the owners of Arreton Barns for this new temporary access road which we hope will assist all the business there. We do hope that people will continue to visit these attractions and indeed all the businesses affected during this work.”
In another development, Island Roads has confirmed the road improvement programme will be scheduled to ensure there is full access to the polling station at Arreton Community Centre on 7th May.