10th March 2021
St George’s Way, Newport junction improvement scheme
As part of our commitment to keeping the community informed about the forthcoming improvement work at St George’s Way, please see below some additional information that we hope you find useful.
This information relates to access between St George’s Way and Furrlongs during work and also to taxi provision in the town.
We will continue to keep the local community informed of progress on this important scheme via letters such as this, via traditional and social media and also via the dedicated scheme webpage on our website www.islandroads.com
Taxi rank relocation
As a result of ongoing consultation with local elected members and Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council it has been agreed that the taxis, which previously operated from two locations in South Street (outside Morrisons and Peacocks), will be based at Church Litten car park in Orchard Street from Friday 12th March.
The car park will be modified in order to facilitate its safe use by the taxi trade and will therefore not be in use as a car park while the taxi trade operates from there.
You may recall from our previous communications that the current rank outside Morrisons is required to facilitate the one-way diversion route and the rank outside Peacocks is needed to accommodate Southern Vectis buses which have been displaced by the need to use Church Litten as a free-flowing diversion route. (Note: Southern Vectis has been using Church Litten to enable it to provide services while complying with Covid-19 social restrictions).
The initial plan had been to create the temporary rank in nearby St James Street, but this has been reviewed following discussions with the local elected members as referenced above.
When the easing of Covid-19 restrictions allows Southern Vectis to operate wholly in the bus station, the taxi rank will return to South Street outside of Peacocks for the duration of work at St George’s Way.
There will be occasions during work where the Furrlongs junction with St George’s Way will not be able to be used by vehicles. This will only be when utility work and other highway improvement activity is being undertaken directly at this junction.
We anticipate the temporary closures of this junction will be infrequent and of a comparatively short duration. We will give details of any closures via information boards on site at least five days ahead of the planned closure. We will provide updates via Twitter @Islandroads and via the website www.islandroads.com.
The first such closure will come into force on Monday 15th March for a period of two to three days.
We hope you find this information useful. If you have any concerns, you can email Island Roads at firstname.lastname@example.org or in an emergency call the Island Roads Help desk on 01983 822440.
We remain grateful for everyone’s continued patience and co-operation as we progress this important junction improvement scheme.
Isle of Wight Council and Island Roads
Working in Partnership