Six months of diversions and restrictions as St George’s Way is widened to ease bottlenecks

See the maps and details of the diversions and restrictions that will come into effect later this month

Lights for roadworks

The latest phase of ongoing investment to reduce congestion in and around Newport is set to get underway later this month.

The Isle of Wight Council scheme, delivered by Island Roads, will see St George’s Way widened to improve traffic flows in this area of the town. It will also address safety issues and includes improved connections for buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

The project follows the recently completed scheme to increase the capacity of St Mary’s junction.

Funded by a government grant
Both the St Mary’s work and the forthcoming St George’s Way scheme are funded by a government grant and developer contributions and not local authority resources.

St George's Way Newport Plans

The scheme at St George’s will also provide an upgrade to the existing crossing at the junction of Furlongs, improving safety for highway users.

Diversions and restrictions
During construction, a short local diversion using adjoining principal roads will be in place to bypass St George’s Way which will be restricted to one lane.

The one-way restriction will be removed in time for the school summer holidays with all subsequent surfacing work being undertaken overnight.

There will be other temporary changes to local traffic management to ensure the diversion route is as safe and effective as possible.

St George's Way Newport Plans

These changes include the temporary relocation of the South Street taxi ranks to St James Street and closing Medina Avenue/St George’s Approach junction to prevent traffic diverting via the residential estate during the period of the work. 

However, these arrangements will be reviewed on a regular basis and may be subject to change.

Restrictions along Furrlongs
While access to and from Furrlongs will generally be available during the scheme, there will be periods when access will be restricted to allow works to take place across the junction.

During these times, a signed diversion will be in place and details will be published in advance.

Six months of roadworks
The project is expected to last for at least six months starting towards the end of next week when the new traffic arrangements will be put in place overnight to allow work to begin the next day.

St George's Way Newport Plans

Prior to that, on 8th March, a works compound will be established at the southern end of Upper Coppins Bridge car park. Pedestrian access to the rear of properties in Ash Road will be maintained.

Ward: Work will improve traffic flows to south of town
Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said,

“Just as the St Mary’s work has reduced journey times at a busy junction to the north of Newport, then so will this work improve traffic flows to the south of the town.

“It is part of an ongoing programme of work to make the county town more accessible. And reducing traffic queues is good for motorists and better for the environment too.

“This is another example of the council, Island Roads and local contractors working successfully to deliver large-scale infrastructure projects that are of real benefit to the Island.”

Prevent bottlenecks
The primary function of this project is to improve traffic flow in this area and prevent the bottlenecks occurring as they do currently at either end of St George’s Way. 

Extending the lanes at either end will enable traffic to travel along and beyond St George’s Way via Coppins Bridge and Matalan roundabout more efficiently.

Will shorten queuing times
Currently there is limited, dedicated lane space for traffic wishing to travel towards Ryde via Coppins bridge (to the north) and for traffic wishing to turn right at the Matalan Roundabout towards Church Litten and the town centre. This means that long queues form along the length of St George’s Way, particularly at peak times.

The extended lanes will shorten queuing times, allowing more traffic to exit at Coppins Bridge during each cycle of the lights and at the Matalan roundabout, meaning less congestion and also less idling by stationery/queuing vehicles which is better for the environment.

The scheme also involves the upgrade of the pedestrian crossing at the entrance to Furrlongs (the latest sensor technology will be installed) and the introduction of a dropped kerb and tactile paving to assist those with mobility issues.

Delays expected
The council and Island Roads are keen to start the project as early in the spring as possible to avoid the busiest summer months. The first major element of the project is to facilitate work by utility companies to re-route their apparatus.

People are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys during the works, including those attending the Covid-19 vaccination centre at The Riverside Centre.

Burton: Avoid the area or travel at quieter times of the day
Kevin Burton, Island Roads network manager said,

“The diversion route has been designed to maximise the use of the local strategic network with revised priorities introduced throughout the temporary gyratory and we should not see an increase in vehicles using residential streets.

“Nevertheless, it is impossible to undertake a scheme of this magnitude without causing some inconvenience so we would ask motorists, if possible, to avoid the area or to travel at quieter times of the day.”

News shared by Isle of Wight council press office, in their own words. Ed

Image: svensson under CC BY 2.0

Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021 6:22pm



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13 Comments on "Six months of diversions and restrictions as St George’s Way is widened to ease bottlenecks"

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Oh good, Ward is spending yet more of our money to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.
He superbly made no difference to motorised traffic approaching St Mary’s from Newport, but made it far more perilous for cyclists.
I wonder if he’ll have the same “success” with this hair-brained scheme as with his other projects?
He seems to be the anti-Midas. Everything he touches turns to sh…

Geoff Brodie

One thing the former Tory leader David Pugh did that was prescient. He sacked Ian Ward from his Cabinet as soon as he became leader.

Steve Goodman

After millions of our money was wasted removing a roundabout which worked well; now this.

What about fixing first the costly floating bridge failure which also continues to contribute to the avoidable congestion and pollution in Newport?

Geoff Brodie

“We should not see an increase in vehicles using residential streets” says the ex-Council, fantasist from Island Rogues. So where does the traffic go that is unable to use the Furrlongs/St Georges Way junction at times or the Medina Avenue/St Georges Approach junction throughout go? Into thin air?

Completely unnecessary works yet again. There is only a short space of time for traffic to get onto Coppins Bridge and there are already two lanes at this point so no more traffic is going to get onto the roundabout. All it will do is increase the amount of road available for traffic to queue. As for traffic heading south, I have never had any problem at… Read more »
Geoff Brodie

I’m afraid that Cllr Ward is just the front man for the real brains behind all these unnecessary works in Newport. The private consultant who designs the schemes……..he seems to be getting off scot free

Geoff, there are no brains involved at all. There have been plenty of suggestions put forward over the years by Island residents for free and most have been ignored. There is so much wrong with traffic routes and flows especially around Newport that could be easily remedied but first we need councillors with open ears and minds. Unfortunately the present occupants of the County Hall bunker and… Read more »

Given that we are only dealing here with the section outlined in orange in the diagram above (‘Newport Strategic Junction Improvements’), I can’t help wondering exactly how the Council thinks it “…will also address safety issues and includes improved connections for buses, cyclists and pedestrians.”

Angela Hewitt

What about the bottleneck at Hare and Hounds created by said council/Island Roads/rubbish consultants. Which started when they put 30 mph speed limits through Arreton and everyone diverted to the Downs and then they installed traffic lights – and on it goes


Another solution looking for a problem!

Rhos yr Alarch

Has no-one in decision-making circles realised that the more extra space is created in the road system, the more additional journeys are encouraged which in turn fill up the additional space….?

End of the year financial throw away budgets, they obviously have too much dosh in PFI fund and are panicking to use it or lose it. Like others have said there are much more areas in dire need to widening, resurfacing etc. The biggest improvement to relieve congestion into Newport is one of two things either reinstate a railway line, or build a fixed link from East… Read more »

This council, island roads and contractors working successfully, what a joke, councillor ward has confirmed he’s on planet cuckoo land. The only benefit is clearly looking after themselves, lining pockets at our expense and inconvenience yet again. Who votes for these people?