Safety work on Island roads

By a County Press reporter

Friday, March 8, 2013


UPDATED 16:19*

STEPS have been taken to make two Isle of Wight roads safer following recent ground movement.

The Isle of Wight Council said it taken measures today (Friday) on Newport Road, Ventnor and the Undercliff Drive.

A spokesman said: "Part of Newport Road in Ventnor, near Ocean View Drive, will have temporary lights installed this weekend where movement has made the slope across the road difficult for high-sided vehicles.

"The council has closed the side of the highway where the slope is most extreme and vehicles will travel on the opposite side of the road for the foreseeable future.

"Works to shore up a retaining wall and repair cracks in the adjoining footway will take place next week.

"On the Undercliff Drive, cracks in the road have emerged near to the property 'Woodlands'.

"Traffic had been restricted to one side of the road although further cracks have developed creating an uneven road surface, which is particularly difficult for motorcyclists."

The council has instructed contractors to level the road surface and repair the cracks that have formed as a matter of urgency to ensure that the road can be kept open to traffic.

"The existing traffic control system, which restricts vehicles to one side of the carriageway will remain in place while the works are completed," said the spokesman.

*Following investigations this afternoon (Friday) the council said it was necessary to close Undercliff Drive between St Catherine's Road and Seven Sisters Road (western junction) from 4.30pm.

The closure is likely to be in place until 1pm on Monday.


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by alan naylor

10th March 2013, at 14:34:40

As we all live in Willy Wonkers small wonderlland noone is going very far so why the rush one cannot get out of 3rd gear in any town on the islandI say 30 rural and 15 in town time of arrival THE SAME

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by Mike Crowe

9th March 2013, at 07:27:20

and with vehicles coming in the opposite direction, one has to wait, at the cyclists pleasure, until the road is clear enough to give the cyclist a wide enough berth, so a queue forms behind.

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by Chris Gunningham

8th March 2013, at 22:24:11

Dear Mike,
Interesting view point on's mine...
"Peskey cyclists pay no road tax"....OAP's get free bus travel so what's your point?

"Do not need insurance" ...I agree this should be compulsory on the island to protect cyclists from people with your sour attitude.

"Have their own roadways made from the axed railways"......unlit, tarmac surface...and cover the whole island right?....except for Ryde to Newport.

"Take up space and hold up traffic on the roads".....Classic the profile of a bike is around 30 cm wide on a 6.4m wide road, so 5% of the road Mickey. People that can't drive like OAP's hold me up a lot more than a cyclist ever do.

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by Mike Crowe

8th March 2013, at 17:19:14

Why pesky?

Had I been a person who uses bad language I would have used more picturesque expletives.

Pesky cyclists pay no road tax. Do not need to have insurance. Have their own roadways made from the axed railway lines but choose not to use them. Take up space and hold up traffic on the roads. Need I go on?

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by Don Prescott

8th March 2013, at 17:14:49

Undercliff Drive - very unstable and liable to serious movement.
Woodlands was only recently sold at auction and is right by the temporary/permanent traffic lights
Ventnor Road - the huge graben there is always causing road closures.

If anything untoward happens to Leeson Road, there will be no way in or out of Ventnor.

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by Alan Rowe

8th March 2013, at 17:02:47

I'll probably regret this question but why is Mr Crowe refuring to cyclists as pesky?

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by Mike Crowe

8th March 2013, at 16:37:04

"""although further cracks have developed creating an uneven road surface, which is particularly difficult for motorcyclists"""

AT LAST. Motor cyclists are being considered over and above the pesky pedal cyclists.

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