UPDATED FEB 26 11:35*
DRIVERS are being warned of four weeks of traffic delays in Newport from the end of this month.
*Staplers Road and Fairlee Road will be closed in one direction from 7pm on Thursday, February 28 until around 8pm on Wednesday, March 27, for major gas main and service replacement works by Southern Gas Networks.
The works were due to start yesterday (Monday), but were delayed until later this week due to difficulties replacing the gas main in Staplers Road, according to the Isle of Wight Council.
The lower section of Staplers Road and Fairlee Road, from Staplers Road to Fairlee Link Road will be affected by the works.
On Staplers Road, traffic will only be able to travel towards Newport and on Fairlee Road traffic will only be able to travel out of Newport.
In Halberry Lane and Cross Lane traffic will only be allowed to go in the direction from Fairlee Road to Staplers Road.
The restrictions are being implemented in an effort to minimise traffic congestion while the works take place, according to the Isle of Wight Council.
Southern Vectis is warning passengers of diversions for routes 5, 9, 23, 25 and 39.
The diversion for route 9 towards Ryde (via Staplers) and route 23 towards Shanklin will be Coppins Bridge roundabout, Fairlee Road, right into Halberry Lane, Cross Lane and left into Staplers Road to rejoin the normal journey. Journeys towards Newport are unaffected.
The diversion for routes 5 and 25 towards Newport will be Fairlee Road, left into Halberry Lane, Cross Lane and right into Staplers Road to rejoin the normal route. Journeys from Newport are unaffected.
The diversion for route 39 will be School Lane, left into Staplers Road, Snooks Hill, Coppins Bridge roundabout, Snooks Hill, Fairlee Road, right into Halberry Lane and left into Atkinson Drive to rejoin the normal route.
The company is advising customers to allow extra time for their journeys.