Island Roads tackles flooding

By a County Press reporter

Monday, February 3, 2014


WORK is underway to prevent further flooding on Isle of Wight roads.

Island Roads said that, as part of the highways PFI, it was repairing systems that had suffered from years of poor maintenance due to a lack of funding.

The company said the first of 17 major drainage schemes had started at Newport Road, Niton. The four-week project includes a new section of surface water drainage between Laceys Lane and Church Road, after the old system collapsed.

Other problem areas are due to be tackled with similar schemes, including Pallance Road, Northwood, Palmers Lane, Newchurch, Carisbrooke Road, Newport and Cemetery Road, Lake.

Island Roads operations manager Steve Jenkins said the work would be coupled with regular maintenance to reduce standing water and help prevent road surfaces deteriorating.


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by sidney barton

8th February 2014, at 17:25:39

we know where the money is going mr. wright. in the fat cats purse for their retirement pension.

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by sidney barton

8th February 2014, at 17:21:23

how long will it be before island roads go into liquidation? so far they have had to correct so many poor resurfacing of roads. cant they employ experts who know what is expected to do a proper job.????

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by Keven Ball

6th February 2014, at 20:38:35

About time some positive action was taken...

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by david wright

3rd February 2014, at 14:09:10

It has always amused me (not) how council tax has gone up but services have dissapeared.

Years ago but not that long, it was every year that the drainage ditches on main roads were dug out by council staff with spades and shovels but now?

It is almost never done by the contractors now responsible for roadside maintenance and if it is done it is crisis management.

Just where does the money go and why is this vital requirement ignored???

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