Proposal for network of ‘Quiet Roads’ announced in South and West Wight

These two election candidates believe a Quiet Roads Network in the South and West Wight would give vulnerable leisure users a safer set of roads to use, leaving the main roads clearer for motorists

Doug Alldred & Claire Critchison Green Party Candidates standing in front of water mill

Proposals to establish a network of ‘Quiet Roads’ between Mottistone and Chale have been announced today by two Isle of Wight 2021 election candidates.

Following in the footsteps of Adgestone Quiet Road (15mph), Doug Alldred and Claire Critchison, both of the Green Party, say changing the classification of “strategically selected minor roads” could make them safer for cyclists, walkers, runners and horse riders.

Alldred: Our plan will make it safer and even more pleasant
Doug Alldred, who is standing in Brighstone, Calbourne and Shalfleet, said,

“The network of lanes from Mottistone, through Brighstone, Yafford, Atherfield and as far as Chale Green are an absolute gem with their unspoilt views across the AONB.

“They are brilliant to explore by bike as I did when growing up in Brighstone, and now as a runner trying to stay in shape.

“Many people in Brighstone, Shorwell, Yafford and the other villages and hamlets in the lanes frequently exercise their dogs, take walks, cycle, or ride horses through this network. Our plan will make it safer and even more pleasant, encouraging cars to stay on the main roads and limiting the speed of vehicles which have to use the lanes.”

The idea of the scheme is that by giving vulnerable leisure users a safer set of roads to use, the main roads would be clearer for motorists.

Proposed West Wight Quiet Roads Network
Proposed West Wight Quiet Roads Network

Critchison: Will be a big step in getting people more active
Shorwell, Chale and Niton Green Party candidate Claire Critchison added,

“As a keen horse rider I have used these lanes since I was a child, and the thought of making them more accessible, quieter, and safer for people fits perfectly with our aims.

“They are a beautiful part of our Island and enabling people to use them more confidently for health and wellbeing will be a big step in getting people more active as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.”

The candidates believe a West Wight Quiet Roads Network would be “a tourist magnet”, incorporating a section of the existing Round the Island Cycle Route and connecting with many footpaths.

20km of backlanes
The initial proposed network would cover over 20km of roads (colloquially known as the ‘backlanes’) which fall in the Brighstone, Calbourne and Shalfleet and the Shorwell, Chale and Niton wards, but Doug Alldred says he would like to see the network go further,

“I think this scheme could be the start of a wider programme of carefully encouraging leisure use of roads through suitable quieter routes.

“As long as there’s a viable ‘main road’ alternative route for vehicles then I see this as a win/win for all road users, and a big bonus for our health, our wellbeing, and our tourism economy.”

Monday, 19th April, 2021 1:39pm



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8 Comments on "Proposal for network of ‘Quiet Roads’ announced in South and West Wight"

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The roads are already quiet I live in the area they are taking about. I am unsure what they actally mean here. I can take my dog out form a walk around Thorncross most days and see maybe 1 or 2 cars max. Its why I live in the area because its quiet. As a resident I am not in favour of access being restricted. I am… Read more »
Vix Lowthion

Access for local traffic would not be restricted, but speeds kept low as the roads would be designated shared spaces with pedestrians, cyclists and horses. So, no discrimination. Quite the opposite.

Benny C can hear the sound of an election looming and then, thud, the hammer of reality. I suppose we will be advocating hoop training for our local dolphins next.

Benny C
Don’t get me wrong I live in this area and would welcome the proposal from am entirely selfish perspective. It would make life nicer and might raise house prices. However, as usual we will spend tons of our scarce cash on consultations, signage, publicity….and then it isn’t policed, so those bent on speeding do so anyway, those already driving responsibly do so anyway, litter is dropped at… Read more »
I agree with garageelfiniow. As a former resident on one of the roads on the suggested routes, I would question this idea as a be careful what you wish for. I still use the roads as a pedestrian, cyclist and motorist. There is a natural speed limit on many of the roads as they are both narrow and have many blind corners; anyone doing more than forty… Read more »
An excellent idea! Walkers, joggers, horse riders and cyclists would feel a lot safer and be able to relax and enjoy their pastime. There would be a very low speed limit, and vehicle use discouraged, except for access to local properties, including businesses and agricultural land. In the area proposed, there are two parallel main roads: the Military Road (A3055) and the B3399 through Chale, Shorwell and… Read more »

yes give West Wight Quiet Roads Network then the Council can open the Floodgates and let housing developers build on west wight like they have f–ked up east wight

If you want quiet roads – small letters – you need to educate the speed freaks. putting up signs will make not a jot of difference, as I witnessed on the – Quiet Roads – cap letters, in Wiltshire. Telling no motor users that they have priority makes some of them less cautious, and less tolerant, and can lead to confrontation. Nice idea, but get over it,… Read more »