three lane road with traffic lights on red at the junction with Coppins Bridge roundabout, greenery and trees in the background and some houses

Update 22 November 2021

A rolling programme of work to upgrade the traffic signals at Coppins Bridge in Newport has begun.

The work, which started on 8 November, is being undertaken on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council and will see all the signals at Coppins Bridge upgraded to include the latest ‘intelligent technology’ to make them more reliable and energy efficient, and to improve remote access to enable responses to changes in traffic volumes and faster fault reporting.

The project will also see four pedestrian crossings in the area upgraded to incorporate the latest LED, low-energy technology. This includes the crossing between the Medina Way slip road and Fairlee Road which will be upgraded from a ‘Pelican’ to a ‘Puffin’ crossing.  This includes smart technology that automatically extends crossing times for slower pedestrians and equally does not halt traffic when the crossing is not in use.

The programme will be undertaken either side of Christmas to ensure the project does not impact on the main festive shopping period and will involve seven signal sites undertaken over five phases, to further reduce disruption.

Much of the programme will be undertaken overnight to help limit disruption and with temporary traffic lights where required during the daytime. Where necessary these will be manually controlled to aid traffic flow.

Some lane or road closures will be necessary during some of the more complex, the programme to complete aspects of the work and during these times a signed diversion will be in place.

The project is the last phase of the major programme under the Highways PFI to upgrade all of the Island’s traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

It was initially scheduled to be undertaken in 2019 but postponed, in agreement with the Isle of Wight Council, so as not to coincide either with the St Mary’s junction improvement or the St George’s Way widening schemes.

The work started with an upgrade of the set of lights at the junction of St George’s Way and Coppins Bridge and these were up and running on Friday. Attention has now shifted to upgrading the Barton Road/High Street pedestrian crossing. This phase lasts until Friday December 3 and will involve temporary pedestrian lights and the carriageway being reduced to two lanes.

The work will then cease for the festive period between Monday 6 December 2021 and Friday 7 January, 2022 and will resume again with the final phases from Monday 10 January, 2022.  Prior to this phase starting more communications will be issued highlighting the traffic arrangements to enable people to plan their journeys.

The programme will be completed in its entirety by Friday 11 March, 2022.

You can read more information in the key information links below.

We would like to thank residents in advance for their understanding and co-operation.

If you have any questions during the work, please email

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