Further traffic improvement works in Newport are to get underway shortly, with plans to make St George’s Way 3 lanes wide between Coppins Bridge and the Matalan roundabout.
An Isle of Wight councillor has revealed that ‘quite a significant diversion’ is planned through the Island’s main town, taking traffic past Marks and Spencer and Morrisons. However, in reality, the diversion is very short and will see motorists going ‘around the block’ – in both directions – to bypass the works near to Cineworld and KFC.
Councillor Ian Ward, cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, said he thought it would not cause problems for traffic in the town, telling a meeting on Thursday “it might even be a good diversion”.
The carriageway improvement works are part of the £9.6 million package given to the Isle of Wight Council by the government. The scheme is anticipated to be completed by early autumn, at the latest.
Last year’s work and the first phase of improvements in Newport saw St Mary’s Roundabout changed into a junction. It was one of the biggest schemes of the town’s strategic junction improvements, which has already included the creation of the Asda roundabout, linking Shide and St George’s Way.
No firm date has yet been set for when the work on St George’s Way will start.
As exclusively reported by Island Echo, works are also set to get underway in Ryde with the redevelopment of Smallbrook Roundabout.