Traffic delays to last four weeks

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


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.


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by kevin froment

1st March 2013, at 11:06:05

what a disaster, hospital appointment at 9.40am, left home at 8.45 just in case some school traffic was still about, joined the queue at the waterworks road and arrived at the hospital at 9.45, the idiots have forced cars into 1 lane going down staplers, so you have to filter into the left hand lane, if the cars in that lane wont let you in youve had it, open up both lanes, right hand for cowes left for newport or am i being too clever, yet another disaster. and there is still gas works on staplers too add to the misery, internet shopping for me for the next 4 weeks i think

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by Spencer Wright

27th February 2013, at 11:29:07

Does anyone know as to whether cyclists can still use the Fairlee route coming in or has that been changed too? There seems to be nothing mentioned and like myself, there are many people that commute through pedal power ;-)

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by Mike Crowe

26th February 2013, at 21:58:16

Switch off the lights at Coppins Bridge would help.

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by Alan Bennett

7th February 2013, at 16:25:29

Be just like a really long music festival....

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by Don Prescott

7th February 2013, at 14:06:31

Aaah! I well remember the "good old days" when local authorities had someone called a Highways Inspector and gawd 'elp any contractor who left the highway in the state that seems to be the optimum nowadays.

No wonder really, as today Thursday 7th, whilst walking we saw 1 "Highways" officer parked up in La Falaise car park and 2 hours later the same officer parked up in Castle Road on his mobile phone.
In between, at about 13.15, ANOTHER "Highways" officer was parked up reading his newspaper in Ventnor Haven car park.

One assumes that Ventnor must be a good place to "get lost", as there are dozens of REPAIRS that they could have been undertaking.
Nice to see also, another "crew' painting white bits on the Rookley road bridge.
VERY useful!

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by Patrick Hall

7th February 2013, at 11:41:12

It's going to be such fun!

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by T Rollingsworth

7th February 2013, at 09:58:44

So, if I understand: Fairlee is open to traffic towards Newport up to Hallberry Lane? Only makes it annoying to join the carriageway!
Either way, this means that my commute will be bags of fun...

Maybe they could resurface the road and get rid of all those potholes whilst they're at it!!

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by Jake Wallace

7th February 2013, at 00:28:39

Yvonne can you remember the last time a bunch of idiots sat outside you house late at night or even all night banging about making probably quite a lot of noise.

As for the shopping .. well at least those vans are refrigerated ..although they can only hold so much shopping.

I don't see why they can;t put traffric lights for at night to help lorry's heading to the supermarkets. Instead of them having to take wotton, past buttifly world & up that massive hill .. saying that what about the new round-about up there by pan estate .. will they can they make that turn.

I don't know it's not up to me to decide

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by Yvonne Carter

6th February 2013, at 22:39:26

Lets be grateful that this isn't happening when the Festival is on.............
Why isn't this work being done in the evening and during nightime like you find in other countries in the EU - to - as they say above "minimise traffic congestion" Oh don't tell me - it is down to cost.

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by kevin froment

6th February 2013, at 22:38:37

unfortunately, i, like lots of others wont sit in a traffic queue for an hour to travel 500 yards because at certain times of the day thats what will happen, i already do most of my shopping online and let someone else have the hassle of trying to drive into or out of newport, or any other of our towns come to that

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