Motorists face traffic mayhem this morning (Friday) as Marlborough Road in Ryde has been unexpectedly closed – at the same time that Great Preston Road and Smallbrook Lane are closed.
Emergency gas works have forced the closure of the road – the diversion route for the already-closed Great Preston Road – in both directions between Salisbury Road and Westridge Cross.
It means that all traffic heading out of Ryde towards Brading will have to divert via Appley, Pondwell (where there are 4-way lights) and Bullen Road – or head to the other side of town to Ashey Road and onwards to Smallbrook Roundabout (where there are also 3-way lights).
Motorists cannot use High Park Road as a southbound diversion as Great Preston Road is one-way from Westridge Cross to High Park Road to enable WightFibre works. It also means traffic is unable to turn right at the top of Smallbrook Lane.
As well as the one-way system, Great Preston Road is closed between Harding Road and Elm Close for carriageway reconstruction works by Island Roads.
For those heading into Ryde from Brading, a suitable diversion is left at Westridge Junction into Great Preston Road, then right into High Park Road to join East Hill Road.
Local traffic should note that the closure is between Salisbury Road and Westridge Cross, meaning no side roads off of High Park Road can be used to divert around the closure.
A number of motorists are ignoring road closure signs and one-way orders, putting others at risk and committing a road traffic offence.
The lengthy diversion, which has traffic queueing at the temporary traffic lights, is likely to have an impact on response times for emergency services today.
UPDATE @ 15:16 – Island Roads has confirmed that the gas leak at Marlborough Road has now been repaired by SGN.
The road is being reinstated and will open for 17:00 today.
Motorists have been reported delays of around an hour in the area today.
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