New Ryde Pier access road update

Published: 3 October 2022

Now the summer season is at an end, work on the project will enter a particularly intensive phase before the run-up to Christmas.

During the coming months, this activity will include the completion of the new pier access road and, as part of this element, the re-alignment of the pedestrian crossing outside the King Lud pub and associated drainage work.

This work at the pedestrian crossing will mean there will be some new traffic arrangements coming into effect from 10 October and lasting for around four weeks.

In the first two weeks of these works, the south (town side) side of the Esplanade will be used by traffic travelling eastbound (towards Dover Street roundabout) and therefore shut to westbound traffic between George Street and Union Street with a diversion via George Street, Cross Street and Union Street. St Thomas Street will be one way in a westbound direction.

Access to business will be maintained. During this phase, traffic will be able to enter Ryde Pier via the newly created new link road and leave via the existing exit.

For the following two weeks, the southside lane (normally used by westbound traffic) will be closed with the same diversion in place but access will remain for business deliveries where safe to do so.

Eastbound traffic will be largely unaffected by this phase, with entry and exit to the pier via the new access roads and Thomas Street will reopen in both directions.

Access to the taxi rank will remain at all times during the forthcoming work.

At the same time as all of this, the work to reconfigure the bus station and other associated works will continue.

Councillor Phil Jordon, Cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “I am pleased that now the summer is behind us, work on this important project is intensifying and that, as we are seeing with the progress of the new pier access road, things are really starting to take shape.”