Cycle track between Alverstone and Sandown to close for major water works

After only recently reopening, it looks as though the cycle track between Alverstone and Sandown will be closed again – this time for works by Southern Water

post with cycle path sign

Southern Water have announced they would soon be starting major water works and would need to closed part of the cycle track between Alverstone and Sandown.

The track has only recently reopened after a long closure, causing concern and frustration from residents.

Isle of Wight council say they are in contact with the water company in an effort to minimise the impact that the works on track users.

A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight council said,

“The Isle of Wight Council is aware that Southern Water is planning to carry out works to a water intake at the Sandown treatment works and as a result have said they would need to close the cycle track between Alverstone and Sandown for safety purposes.

“Indications are that this may be for some months. Given the recent reopening of the route after a long closure, the Isle of Wight Council is anxious to ensure that the route is accessible to riders and walkers as soon as possible.

“The council will be liaising with Southern Water to minimise the impact that these works have on use of the track.

“Southern Water as a utility does have certain legal powers to undertake works on the highway and has to carry out such works in a safe manner, so might need to close roads and paths to do so.

“The council is currently seeking further information from Southern Water to clarify the situation.”

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Thursday, 18th February, 2021 4:55pm

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2 Comments on "Cycle track between Alverstone and Sandown to close for major water works"

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iowgirl

Agggghhhhh ! It’s only just re-opened !

rayhewins

Please leave the track as you find it, it is not designed for heavy vehicles and is showing signs of damage. This damage could lead to a cyclist or horse rider ending up in the river. The track which is shared is looking very shabby and in parts resembles a scene from no man’s land in World War 2.