Photo showing excavation work at York Avenue in East Cowes

Updated: 18 June 2021

This page contains the latest information on our scheme to reconstruct and resurface sections of York Avenue in East Cowes.

Though we have taken a number of steps to minimise disruption, this is a major project that will inevitably have an impact on the local network. Please use this page – and also our Twitter feed @Islandroads – to see details of the scheme’s progress.

Keeping the community informed

We have delivered letters with background details of the scheme to those residents most affected by the project. We have also produced a factsheet providing answers to some of the questions you may have about the project. This, along regular residents’ update letters, can be found at the bottom of this page.

In advance of schemes of this scale and scope, we would usually visit the location and talk to those businesses affected. However because of the Covid-19 restrictions, this approach has not been possible in respect of York Avenue. We apologise to any business we have not yet contacted by phone or email and would ask them to email their details to so they can be kept informed of scheme updates by email or by telephone if required.

Outline of key work phases

As part of our efforts to reduce local disruption, we have split the work into four phases of reconstruction followed by two phases of resurfacing. The reconstruction phase will be spilt over 64 days starting March 1. Because the work involves deep excavations, it will be necessary to work under a total 24-hour road closure for the duration of each phase with traffic re-routed around local diversions.

The dates for each of the phases are outlined below, however please note that these are indicative and subject to change as works can be affected by a number of factors, such as weather conditions.

Phase one – between Osborne House and south of Crossways Road – Monday March 1 to Tuesday March 23 (completed)

Phase two – between Victoria Grove and Osborne House – Wednesday March 24 to Friday April 9 (completed)

Phase three – between Adelaide Grove and a point 60 metres north-west of Connaught Road Wednesday May 19 – to Thursday June 17 (completed).

Phase four – between Well Road & Adelaide Grove – Wednesday May 19 to Thursday June 17 (completed).

The resurfacing work is being undertaken at night between June 17 – 24. A 24-hour road closure will remain in place but access will be given to business during the second phase of the resurfacing York Avenue, East Cowes between Victoria Grove and south of Crossways Road ( Tuesday June 22  – Thursday June 24 ).

The first phase of resurfacing between  between Well Road and a point 60 metres north-west of Connaught Road is due to take place between Thursday June 17 and Monday 21 June (not including weekends)

Please note that for various reasons, the work programme is subject to change. Any such changes will be highlighted on this page. However, details of the current schedule including the road closures and diversion routes can be found in the key document section below.

We will continue to monitor traffic arrangements and make any appropriate adjustments as and when possible.

Further information

In order to keep the community informed we will also be sending regular updates to an email group of interested parties. If you would like to be included in that correspondence, please email your name and address to  You can read the latest update, and all previous updates, below.

We would like to thank the local community including East Cowes Town Council and the local elected IW Council members for their assistance and co-operation.

We hope you find the info on this page useful. If you have any questions, then please email

Key documents

Residents’ letters:

Residents’ letter – February 2021

Residents’ update 5 March 2021

Residents’ update 12 March 2021

Residents’ update 30 March 2021

Residents’ update 9th April 2021

Residents’ update 16th April 2021

Residents’ update 20th April 2021

Residents’ update 23rd April 2021

Residents’ update – 30th April 2021

Residents’ update 15th May 2021

Residents’ update 18th May 2021

Residents’ update 21st May 2021

Residents’ update 28th May 2021

Residents’ update 4th June 2021

Residents’ update 11th June 2021

Resurfacing letter to residents

Residents’ update 18th June 2021

Frequently Asked Questions:

Frequently asked questions

Phasing plans:

York Avenue works – phasing plan

Diversion routes:

Diversion routes – phase 1

HGV diversion route – phase 1

Diversion routes – phase 2

HGV diversion route – phase 2

Diversion routes – phase 3

Diversion routes – phase 4

Diversion routes – resurfacing phase 1

Diversion routes – resurfacing phase 2

Press releases:

Press release – East Cowes gateway route to be improved – 17 February 2021