Undercliff Drive

The Undercliff links Bonchurch with Niton on the South coast of the Isle of Wight. The five mile stretch travels through Ventnor and St Lawrence and has several points along it that are subject to land movement.

Below are a selection of articles we’ve published about Undercliff Drive.

Reopening Undercliff Drive is ‘crucial to our way of life’, says Parish Councillor

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A councillor with Niton and Whitwell Parish Council explains the determined work they have been carrying out since the 2014 Undercliff Drive landslip and explains why reopening the road is crucial to the village's way of life

Monday, 13th January, 2020 6:39pm

By Sally Perry with 18 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council submit Undercliff Drive funding bid to Government

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When Dave Stewart became Isle of Wight council leader in 2017 he vowed to reopen Undercliff Drive

Friday, 10th January, 2020 5:52pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 13 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive consultation found 58 per cent in favour of reinstatement

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The Isle of Wight council say the cost to re-instate the road is estimated to be between £1 million and £2 million, dependent on whether the scheme allowed one or two-way traffic and if the new route was restricted to vehicles below a certain weight

Friday, 18th October, 2019 2:49pm

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments

Leader’s vow to ‘get Undercliff Drive open again’ a step closer with public consultation

Vix lowthion - cycling through undercliff

Cllr Ian Ward also says it's his view the Isle of Wight needs to have Undercliff Drive road open again, but will not make a decision until after the consultation.

Thursday, 13th June, 2019 11:41am

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Poor signage, incorrect SatNav data and property damage on Undercliff Drive

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At meetings about Undercliff Drive the resounding opinion was that signage is woefully inadequate and needs to be resolved without delay. Residents say they’ve been met by a wall of silence from Isle of Wight council and in the meantime all properties have suffered damage.

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 7:39pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: Leader tells Committee he’s still committed to reopening road

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The Leader of the Isle of Wight council reiterated their intention to reopen Undercliff Drive subject to the outcome of a feasibility study.

Wednesday, 10th October, 2018 12:08pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: Over 100 residents share their views at ‘quiet road’ meeting

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Over 100 residents attended a meeting on Saturday to explore options of Undercliff Drive being reopened to through traffic, becoming a 'quiet road' and other suggestions. Vix Lowthion who chaired the meeting shares her report.

Thursday, 2nd August, 2018 3:30pm

By Vix Lowthion with 6 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: ‘Quiet Road’ plans to be discussed at Coffee Morning

Vix lowthion - cycling through undercliff

A coffee morning held in Niton will allow discussion the options of reinstating Undercliff Drive, keeping it as it is, or enhancing the route as a Quiet Road for the use of residents, visitors, cyclists, horse riders and walkers.

Thursday, 12th July, 2018 11:31am

By Vix Lowthion with 6 readers' comments

Understanding Undercliff issues ‘a priority for the council’, says Leader

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Isle of Wight council leader, Dave Stewart, says that finding a solution to the complex issues of landslips in the Undercliff is a priority for the council, adding that a solution for reinstating the road has been found.

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018 5:20pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: Life is anything but ‘back to normal’ for some residents

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Were you under the impression that once the access road was built for residents in the landlocked properties on Undercliff Drive everything went back to normal? Sadly, it appears this was not the case and here are just a few reasons why.

Thursday, 7th June, 2018 9:40pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Damning official report finds IWC failed Undercliff Drive family

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The Ombudsman said there was no evidence that IWC or Island Roads dealt with the road failure diligently, or as a priority and accused IWC of being "disingenuous", saying their actions caused "substantive injustice".

Wednesday, 26th April, 2017 8:43pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Councillor explains why claims of re-opening Undercliff Drive are extremely premature

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Former Executive member, Phil Jordan, who has an indepth knowledge of the situation on Undercliff Drive, explains why the Leader's claims of reopening the road are extremely premature.

Tuesday, 21st February, 2017 6:04pm

By Phil Jordan with 14 readers' comments