Icy conditions close road

By Ross Findon

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


UPDATED 14:06*

THE entire Downs Road, from Bullys Hill in Brading to the Hare and Hounds junction, was closed due to ice this morning (Wednesday).

The Isle of Wight Council said the road was closed following a request for police.

It followed a warning yesterday that cold temperatures and rain could make driving conditions difficult.

The road was re-opened at 7.30am according to the council, which said gritting was taking place. It urged drivers on all routes to take care.

At 8.40am the council closed the Niton Road from Chequers to the village due to ice and said there had been reports of drivers travelling too fast for the conditions.

A Met Office weather warning for ice was in place until 11am this morning (Wednesday).

The council said Niton Road in Rookley, Blacklands Lane in Newport, Whitehouse Road near Porchfield and East Ashey Road in Ryde were closed until 1.45pm.

*Burnt House Lane was closed shortly after 2pm.


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by alan naylor

13th December 2012, at 14:02:37

Did I not read the island had just had tons of salt delivered from the main land where is it????????????

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by jane chiverton

12th December 2012, at 19:57:14

I was driving on the Niton road this morning in 1st gear and was one of those people who hit the bank, there were no road closed signs early this morning They decided to close the road after this mornings accidents .
Why isn't this road gritted? when the Whitwell to Godshill road is gritted we pay the same council tax and road tax but that doesn't matter a school bus uses this road to pick up our children their lives are at risk on this road . How much is a human life worth? Is that what it has to take just to get some grit on this road ? .Even a local farmer had to salt part of the road just so the ambulance could get to someone injured after crashing .

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by A Smith

12th December 2012, at 18:15:17

The problem is that drivers do not drive to the road/weather conditions and also the Niton Road is not gritted! I have never seen a gritter come down our road. The only thing they do is constantly close the road. This morning the cross roads to Chale, Niton and Beacon Alley were all closed. And again there was an accident along the Niton Road this morning. Bleak down is always bad with water and ice, which has meant recently that around 6 cars have ended up in the hedge and field.

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by Tim Brayford

12th December 2012, at 17:01:58

Still no salting or gritting in Appleford Road & Bleak Down

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by Pierre LaChamp

12th December 2012, at 15:22:26

Just 10 days ago the County Press reported 'Plenty of Salt' - http://iwcp.co.uk/news/news/plenty-of-salt-47234.aspx

Since then we have had road closures and also accidents on untreated roads

You just couldn't make this up

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by Colin Russell

12th December 2012, at 13:04:56

Whats happened to all the grit and extra grit this council said they have got, is it just for display, or are they going to use it.

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by James McAdder

12th December 2012, at 12:33:02

I'd like to take this opportunity to compliment the moron who tailgated me from Newport to Ryde on his driving skills in these conditions. So you were late for your ferry (he went up Ryde pier)? How about you set your alarm a little earlier so that you don't have to endanger other road users, eh?

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