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UPDATED: TREES DOWN AND CROSS-SOLENT TRAVEL DISRUPTED AS GUSTY WINDS HIT


Strong winds that are battering the Isle of Wight and the Solent area are resulting in damage and major travel disruption this morning (Sunday).

A tree is reported to be down at Downend Road near Robin Hill, which is blocking the road. Island Roads have been alerted and Southern Vectis Route 8 buses are diverting via Blackwater.

In nearby Havenstreet, a tree is blocking the main road through the village near Northbrook House.

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A tree is also reported to be down at Yaverland, Sandown near the church.

In the West Wight, Island Echo readers are reporting another downed tree on the way to Yarmouth at Bouldnor. It is said to be half way across the carriageway. There is also a tree blocking Middle Road at Calbourne Mill.

A number of fallen trees and unsafe conditions at Seaclose Park in Newport has resulted in the cancellation of the Junior Cross Country event that was due to be held there today.

As well as the Route 8 diversion, Southern Vectis are advising that their Route 12 service will be diverting from Freshwater Bay to Brook avoiding Military Road.

Cross-Solent travel is affected with Wightlink’s Yarmouth-Lymington service suspended until further notice.

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Hovertravel’s Ryde-Southsea route has also been suspended with an update expected at 10:45.

UPDATE @ 08:43 – Red Funnel have suspended ALL vehicle ferry and Red Jet services until further notice.

A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued by the IW Met Service for today and is in force until 18:00. Further bad weather expected in the coming week.

UPDATE @ 09:37 – A tree blocking Knighton Shute is the latest incident to effect the Isle of Wight this morning.

Contractors are busy working at Middle Road, Main Road Havenstreet, Yaverland Road and now Knighton Shute to clear fallen trees.

Downend Road has now re-opened in both directions.

UPDATE @ 10:03 – Police have attended Main Road, Havenstreet and say that a hard road closure is being in in place by Island Roads.

Middle Road has now been cleared, it is understood.

UPDATE @ 12:12 – Red Funnel have confirmed that their vehicle ferry service will remain suspended until at least 15:00, whilst the Red Jet passenger service will remain suspended until at least 17:30.

Hovertravel’s operations remain suspended as does Wightlink’s Yarmouth-Lymington service.

The main road through Havenstreet remains closed this lunchtime.

UPDATE @ 13:30 – Wightlink have confirmed that their Yarmouth-Lymington ferry service is now back up and running in accordance with the published timetable.

However, Island Line trains are now being affected by the weather conditions. Trains are currently unable to serve Ryde Pier Head.

UPDATE @ 14:27 – Red Funnel have confirmed that their vehicle ferry service will resume a timetabled service at 15:oo from Southampton and East Cowes.

Southern Vectis say Route 8 and 12 buses are now running to a normal route.

UPDATE @ 16:28 – Red Funnel’s Red Jet service will resume at 16:45 from Southampton and 17:15 from Cowes.

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