UPDATED: TRAFFIC CONFUSION IN RYDE AS SMALLBROOK DIVERSION ROUTE IS CLOSED

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Motorists are having to divert via residential back streets in Ryde today (Wednesday) owing to the closure of both the main road through the town and the busy Smallbrook Lane on the outskirts.

Those travelling from one side of the town to the other are having to divert via East Hill Road, the Esplanade and through town – or through narrow residential streets.

St John’s Road has been closed between Monkton Street and Bennet Street at the same time that Smallbrook Lane is closed. St John’s Road has been the diversion route for the Smallbrook closure since it was shut on Monday and is still signposted as such.

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Both closures are for utility works.

Motorists heading West to East can divert via Bennet Street, Park Road and Monkton Street or through town and along the seafront. Those heading East to West will have to divert via East Hill Road, the seafront and town or Monkton Street, Melville Street and through town.

Access to Quarry Road has also been prevented meaning traffic cannot divert around the closure to the south side.

Southern Vectis say their Route 2, 3 and 8 are affected. Buses towards Ryde will divert via East Hill Road and Dover Street with stops at Lower Highland Road and Bennet Street unable to be served. Buses leaving Ryde are unaffected.

It is currently unclear when St John’s Road and Smallbrook Lane will re-open.

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UPDATE – The road has been re-opened but the work is now being carried out under temporary traffic lights.

Smallbrook Lane remains closed.

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Rog
Rog
14 days ago

Whatever happened to the roadworks liason officer at C unty Hall?

Helen Highwater
Helen Highwater
Reply to  Rog
14 days ago

Undoubtedly sacrificed on the altar of money-saving, Disastrous Dave’s sole focus. Mind you, it shouldn’t be beyond the wit of those few organisations authorised to dig up the roads to co-operate.

Old Mike
Old Mike
14 days ago

And there’s a traffic diverion at the Elephant.

Nick Black
Nick Black
14 days ago

I think you will find that he runs Jasmine Consultancy!

DickyDaniels
DickyDaniels
14 days ago

Island roads poor planning seems to regularly create congestion.

MWGRYDE
MWGRYDE
Reply to  DickyDaniels
14 days ago

Did you miss part that says utility works? So maybe emergency works or wight fibre even

Wise after the event
Wise after the event
Reply to  MWGRYDE
14 days ago

Island roads have to approve all works. So, unless both sets of work are emergencies, it’s poor planning. Again! There were works on St John’s last week, but not Smallbrook.

Ryde Reader
Ryde Reader
Reply to  MWGRYDE
13 days ago

The Smallbrook road works were advertised for about a week before they started so were definitely planned and not an emergency.

The Cats' Pawl
The Cats' Pawl
14 days ago

Just THINK, and imagine the chaos when thousands more homes, and multiple thousands more cars are filling these roads, and when countless site construction traffic blocks, digs up and ruins this small country lane. Such en masse building doesn’t ‘just’ affect those living close to it.

Vote this greedy c ouncil out at the next given chance.

Those-Apples'
Those-Apples'
14 days ago

Surely even a fool can envisage the terrible congestion when all the building of thousands of homes takes place with this route then being filled with ‘site traffic’.

And ONCE built, thousands more homes will create many thousands more cars to not just block this area buy for miles around.

Would be wise to vote very thoughtfully next time to remove the careless, self servicing coun cil we now endure at increasing costs each year for a worse standard of living.

Time for a change.

Mop bucket
Mop bucket
14 days ago

Stay at home, save lives, save time, save money, save the council, save Boris, save yourself, save the NHS. Hang on!, I thought Jesus saves.

Wise after the event
Wise after the event
Reply to  Mop bucket
13 days ago

Son-Heung Min scores the rebound!

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