NEW measures are being taken to prevent newly surfaced roads from being dug up for repairs.
Southern Water, Island Roads and the Isle of Wight Council have agreed to work more closely together in the next six years when the majority of Island roads will be resurfaced.
Under the improved arrangements, planned water supply upgrades and major utility construction will be shared in advance with Island Roads and schemes of surfacing work will be adjusted to ensure these can be accommodated.
At the same, time teams from Southern Water will visit roads scheduled for resurfacing and, using special listening devices, will search for underground water leaks. This will allow any leaks found to be fixed before the surfacing work is carried out.
Cllr Jon Gilbey, Isle of Wight Council executive member responsible for the highways PFI, who organised the meeting said: "I welcome this commitment by Island Roads and Southern Water to work even more closely together to ensure, as much as possible, that all planned works are done in a logical sequence and when the highway has to be dug up it is reinstated to the standard expected by the public."