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