Updated 2 June 2020

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 now 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. This will help reduce congestion now as well as ‘future-proofing’ the junction – given the 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.  The scheme will put in place new widened shared-use cycle/pedestrian facilities The current roundabout will also be removed and replaced with two, linked traffic light-controlled junctions to improve traffic flow.

The project, which began on September 30, 2019 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.

Progress update:

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 and lane widening work at the B&Q roundabout and Dodnor Lane have also been completed.

Most recently, works to put in place the necessary utilities infrastructure, and construct the extra lanes required for the traffic signal-controlled junctions and improved cycling and walking connections to the hospital have also been making good progress despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Current phase: 8 June – late August 2020

We had been planning to pause the works to avoid conflict with the Isle of Wight Festival and with examinations taking place at the college.  As those have been cancelled due to the pandemic, the programme has been revisited.

The works on Medina Way on the southbound exit from St Mary’s roundabout, the bus link to Hunnyhill and to connect Forest Road to Parkhurst Road will now be brought forward while our roads are quieter

These works will require the re-introduction of the one-way (eastbound) system on Forest Road with effect from 8 June until late August.

The westbound diversion will be via Medina Way/St Georges Approach/Trafalgar Road/Carisbrooke Road/Gunville Road with the previous temporary parking restrictions once again put in place in Carisbrooke Road.

Please refer to the traffic maps showing arrangements in the key documents section below.

We recognise that each phase of these works brings a different set of challenges for motorists to negotiate and we appreciate your patience while we complete these important 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:

Stakeholders continue to receive updates about the scheme.  These have also been advertised in the local press with the traffic maps and these 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.

If you have any questions about the scheme that are not covered by the frequently asked questions document below, or would like to contact us – you can email info@islandroads.com or telephone 01983 822440.

You can also use our Report it online facility here.

Key documents