Current Highway Improvement Schemes
Not all highways improvement schemes fall within the scope of the contract that the council has with Island Roads. In certain cases, for example when government funding becomes available, the council is able to commission its own projects to improve junctions or certain stretches of road. This section provides details of new road improvement schemes.
Work on a major scheme to reduce traffic congestion and improve access for pedestrians and cyclists at one of the Island’s busiest junctions is underway and will last until mid-December 2020.
Construction of the Isle of Wight Council scheme will transform the approaches to, and access across, St Mary’s roundabout in Newport and reduce congestion now as well as ‘future-proofing’ the junction — given expected growth in traffic movement associated with regeneration projects in the Newport area.
What does the scheme include?
The St Mary’s junction scheme includes benefits for vehicular, pedestrian, cyclist and local bus traffic with new widened shared-use cycle/pedestrian facilities and the removal of the current roundabout which will be replaced with two, linked traffic light-controlled junctions to improve traffic flow
The project, which began on September 30 and will be completed by mid- December 2020, is the largest of its kind on the Island for many years. Construction is taking place over a number of phases.
A substantial amount of work has already been progressed since the scheme started at the end of September, including the removal of the main roundabout which will make way for a signalised junction. Work to enable lane widening on Forest Road and facilitate the installation of high voltage cabling, BT and WightFibre ducts, lane widening work at the B&Q roundabout and Dodnor Lane and works to Medina Way have also been progressing well.
Current phase: 30 September to 20 December 2019
The current phase is due to finish on 20 December 2019 when works will then pause over Christmas and New Year and all lanes will re-open.
Next phase: 2 January to 8 June 2020
During this phase, to allow works to continue safely, a contraflow system — taking the traffic onto the opposite side of the carriageway — will be in place for traffic travelling on Medina Way, north of St Mary’s roundabout.
From early January to late March, the contraflow will be in place for southbound traffic heading towards Newport. It will then switch to a contraflow for northbound traffic (Cowes-bound). Signage will be in place to clearly direct vehicles, including those exiting from the hospital site onto Medina Way, which will exit via a feeder lane in a similar way to the current arrangements.
The council is reminding road users that the work will cause disruption during some phases, particularly until motorists become accustomed to temporary traffic arrangements during construction.
There are a variety of factors including inclement weather, emergency works and scheme extensions that can affect the timing of works. Due to the size and nature of this scheme, the works programme is subject to change, but programme updates will continue to be issued as each phase progresses.
Information and updates:
Residents and stakeholders continue to receive update letters about the scheme including maps showing the traffic management arrangements. These have also been advertised in the local press and are included in the key documents below.
Regular scheme updates and information will be included on this page as the scheme progresses and will continue to be relayed via social media.
Key documents (with relevant links)
Newport St Mary's Strategic Junction Improvement scheme plan
Work summary, phases 1-4
Traffic management maps (Phases 1-4)
Newport Strategic Junction Improvement schemes
Press release - Public information event
Press release (1 Nov 19) - phase 3 works
Press release - December 2019
Phase 5 (January 2020) traffic management arrangements
Phase 6 (April-June) traffic management arrangements