Major work to improve safety at the busy Smallbrook roundabout on the outskirts of Ryde is to begin on 4th October.
The project by Island Roads for the Isle of Wight Council will introduce several safety features at Smallbrook which has been identified as the junction where there have been most injury accidents. In that time, there have been 22 collisions resulting in injury as well as numerous other non-injury collisions and near misses.
Work is due to begin on October 4 and last an estimated six months, avoiding the peak tourist season and minimising impact on wildlife. During work, the junction will be controlled by temporary traffic lights and Smallbrook Lane will be restricted to one-way eastbound (towards Ryde). The non-residential end of Carters Road will also be one-way (eastbound) towards its junction with Ashey Road. If progress with the scheme permits the one-way restriction will be removed for the festive and new year period. You can view a map of the traffic arrangements here.
Among the new safety features are the realignment of the junction’s approaches and introduction of new traffic Islands which will require traffic to slow down and negotiate the new roundabout rather than ‘straight-running’ across it.
Visibility on the roundabout approaches will also be improved, especially for traffic approaching from Smallbrook Lane and Carters Road. There will also be additional streetlighting, a speed limit reduction from 40mph-30mph and anti-skid ‘slow down strips’ will be laid at the approaches to the new, realigned and relocated roundabout.
Some vegetation deemed poor value habitat will be lost to accommodate the scheme but, working with Arc Consulting throughout the project, there will be a replanting programme of native species and the introduction of six dormice boxes to enhance biodiversity at the site.
The project, funded by government Local Transport Plan grant, will also require utility services to be diverted and this aspect will take an estimated two months.
We will continue to keep the community informed and would like to thank motorists in advance for their understanding and patience while we carry out these important works.