Updated 21 October 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 entering its final phase and will be completed by mid-December.

Construction of the Isle of Wight Council scheme will transform the approaches to, and access across, the strategic junction at St Mary’s 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.

Despite some challenges, not least the Coronavirus pandemic, we remain on course to complete this project on schedule, thanks, in no small measure, to the co-operation and understanding of residents.

We are extremely grateful for this and as we embark on the concluding – and potentially most disruptive – phase of work, we would once again ask for your continued support.

Next phase of work 12 October to 26 November

The next crucial phase of the works which will replace the St Mary’s roundabout with a signal-controlled junction will start on 12 October and run until 23 November 2020.

During this phase, the main element of work will involve removing the temporary roundabout and putting in its place the final elements of the new signalised junction, allowing the full capacity of the improved arrangements to be realised.

We will also be constructing the new bus lane at the top of Hunnyhill and installing the much sought-after signal-controlled pedestrian crossing.

Resurfacing work will also take place in November across the whole area and this is being completed at night to help minimise disruption.

The final phase of the work to layout Parkhurst Road as a cul-de-sac with no through access, will be completed between 23 November and 18 December 2020.

With the new junction in place, traffic coming from Cowes wanting to travel west to Yarmouth, will be able to shorten their journeys by turning right at the new traffic signals at the junction with Forest Road.

Towards the end of this phase we will also be finishing all aspects of the final landscaping and removing any construction plant and equipment from the site.

What changes will this mean?

From the 12th October to 26th October it will be necessary to close Hunnyhill to all through traffic, except buses, to undertake the construction work on the new bus lane and surrounding area. However resident access will remain throughout, but from the southern end of the road only (at its junction with Foxes Road and Hunnycross Way).

During this phase, further delays will be inevitable as drivers adjust to the different traffic arrangements, so if you can avoid the area and find an alternative route, please do so if possible.

The work will be carried out in the following three key phases:

Phase 1: 12th October to 26th October*

  • St Mary’s roundabout removed and replaced with traffic signals
  • Traffic from Cowes can now turn right into Forest Road at new signalised junction
  • Hunnyhill closed to through traffic except buses
  • Residents’ access to Hunnyhill maintained from the southern end
  • Access to Whitesmith Road via Albany Road

Phase 2: 26th October to 23rd November*

  • Hunnyhill reopens to northbound traffic only, vehicles can travel on to Medina Way towards Cowes and Forest Road
  • Vehicles using this route will not be able to access Dodnor Lane or turn southbound onto Medina
  • On Forest Road, both lanes will be open for traffic travelling eastbound (towards Newport) onto Medina Way to reduce traffic queues.
  • Both lanes of the dual carriageway southbound towards Newport will be reopened, but with the left-hand lane for traffic turning onto Dodnor Lane and Riverway only.

Phase 3: 23rd November to 18th December*

  • All routes open in all directions, controlled through signalised junction
  • Buses lane open at the top of Hunnyhill
  • Hunnyhill re-opens to all traffic
  • Parkhurst Road becomes cul-de-sac and is closed to traffic.
  • Final landscaping works and completion of project underway

*Timescales are approximate

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

Night-time road closures for resurfacing (2nd -26th November)

To minimise disruption, we are also planning to work at night to carry out the final phase of resurfacing through the entire area during November. These works will take place between 8pm and 5am each evening between the 2nd and 26th of November and will involve both full and partial closures of the junction depending on the works being undertaken.

During this time, it will be necessary to have in place different diversion routes depending on the scheduling of work, progress and weather conditions.  Depending on the stage of the resurfacing work, the actual diversion route will be advised in advance on social media and signed on the approach to the works.

You can find links to the maps showing the diversion routes 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 and the local media continue to receive updates about the scheme and 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