12 Feb

First set of traffic lights to be upgraded ahead of surfacing in Shanklin High Street

A comprehensive programme of works to replace 78 of the Islandís traffic lights is to begin this month.

 As part of the seven -year programme by Island Roads under the Highways PFI, all lights will be replaced with the very latest in traffic light technology  which includes energy saving LED bulbs

In addition, where appropriate to do so, the new lights will be mounted on shared lamp/signal columns in order to improve the streetscene by reducing clutter.

The first set to be replaced under the programme will be at the junction of High Street and Victoria Road, Shanklin. Among the oldest sets of lights on the Island, the lights here are also prone to developing faults.

As well as being replaced, the road markings at the site will also be changed to increase visibility and manoeuvrability for larger vehicles. Special sensors will also be fitted to improve safety for pedestrians.

The work will begin on February 24 and once complete, Shanklin High Street will be surfaced from Chine Avenue to Clarendon Road. Affected residents and businesses in the area will receive letters explaining the scheme in more detail as part of a range of measures to keep the local community informed.  

Paul Herbert, Island Roads Service Director said: “A major part of the Highways PFI is designed to make junctions and crossings that are controlled by lights safer and more reliable.

“We will be doing our best to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum during this programme of work but would hope residents would welcome this work as it is an important part of providing an improved highways network.”

Councillor Steve Stubbings is the Deputy Leader of the Isle of Wight Council and said: “It is very pleasing that, particularly at the first set of traffic lights to be upgraded in Shanklin, rather than a simple like-for like replacement the work will also look at improving the safety for all road users including pedestrians and those with disabilities.

“For example crossing points will be improved for the benefit of those with mobility or visual impairment. This is a good example of the Highways PFI not just replacing existing features but actually making them better and safer.”

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The existing lights and surface in High Street, Shanklin

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