A POPULAR footpath, closed following a major landslip, is back in use thanks a new timber boardwalk.

In May this year, a section of riverbank between Island Harbour and Folly Lane, Whippingham, collapsed, leading to the closure of the footpath on safety grounds.

Working with the Isle of Wight Council's rights of way team, Island Roads designed and constructed the boardwalk to span the eroded section of riverbank.

Because the new structure is supported by deep piles, rather than the constantly eroding riverbank, it can withstand future movement and erosion.

Cllr Ian Ward, the council cabinet member for transport, which includes the highways PFI, said: "This footpath provides an important link between East Cowes and Newport for both residents and visitors so I am delighted Island Roads has designed a new walkway to keep the route accessible for years to come."

Mark Dawson, highway design engineer at Island Roads, said: "This section of naturally eroding riverbank presented us with a challenge but we were able to develop a scheme that provides a long term solution, meaning that access will be maintained even if there is further riverbank erosion. We are really pleased that the route is open once more and being enjoyed by members of the public."