Expect four weeks of traffic diversions in Newport

Major gas main replacement will result in four weeks of traffic diversions in and out of Newport.

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From 7pm tomorrow evening a one-way restriction is going to be in place on major routes in and out of Newport.

The restriction will affect traffic on Staplers Road, Fairlee Road, Halberry Lane and Cross Lane as gas main and service replacement works take place.

The restrictions are going to be in place for four weeks.

Council roadworks notice
Temporary one way restrictions will now be in operation from 7pm on Thursday 28 February until approx 8pm on Wednesday 27 March 2013 for major gas main and service replacement works in the lower section of Staplers Road and A3054 Fairlee Road (from Staplers Road to Fairlee Link Road) by Southern Gas Networks.

Unfortunately the start date for implementing the one way restrictions has been delayed due to engineering difficulties currently being experienced with replacing the gas main in Staplers Road near to the junction with School Lane.

The one way restrictions are being implemented in an effort to minimise traffic congestion whilst the works take place.

In Staplers Road traffic will only be permitted to travel in the direction from Cross Lane to A3054 Fairlee Road, towards Newport.

In A3054 Fairlee Road traffic will only be permitted to travel in the direction from Staplers Road Halberry Lane, out of Newport.

In Halberry Lane / Cross Lane traffic will only be permitted to travel in the direction from A3054 Fairlee Road to Staplers Road.

Traffic diversions will be signposted.

These works form part of a major gas main and service replacement project in Staplers Road, from Blacklands Lane to Fairlee Road. Completion of the project is the end of March 2013.

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Wednesday, 27th February, 2013 11:20am


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billy muggins

A cock up already then, let’s see how long it takes someone to carve up the diversions as well with traffic lights and even more delays.


On “normal” days (when half the traffic goes Staplers and half Fairlee) the queue to get into Newport often stretchs as far as Wootton. So how is this going to keep traffic moving? Especially through school examination time! No wonder the Isle of Wight education results make as second from the bottom! It all beggars belief!


Just confirms the knowledge of this council’s highways dept,they might,but don’t hold your breath,know about the higher technicalities about highway usage,but most of what we have on this island comes down to good old common sense,which is what they don’t understand. So it boils down to the fact they are being paid way to much and haven’t got a clue of how to manage highways.


So what do you suggest the Highways Department does then? The gas main has to be replaced, so some diversions are necessary. Whilst I am no particular fan of any council department, I don’t see what else they could do. The roads need to be partially closed for this work, and that’s all there is to it.

What usually happens on the mainland, is this. If there are to be several roadworks in the same area, their starting dates are staggered so as to provide an alternative route. Unfortunately, the Island has a tourist season so all roadworks, except for emergencies, have to be completed before the school summer holidays commence. It’s one of the slings and arrows of a tourist island. On the… Read more »
I do not believe it
Oh goody! Can Red Funnel and Wightlimk put out announcements featuring this added attraction to the Easter holiday traffic? Still, if long delays and traffic jams do occur the car occupants can always pop-in to a public lavatory (closed); public library (closed) ; Tourist Information Centre (closed) or repair potholes and pick up litter on this vibrant, caring and well administered holiday island. Or they could take… Read more »