Four way road junction with mini roundabout, trees and hedging bordering the roadside

Updated 27 October 2021

Major work to improve safety at the busy Smallbrook roundabout on the outskirts of Ryde is underway.

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 began on October 4 and is estimated to last six months and has been planned to avoid the peak tourist season and minimise impact on wildlife. During the majority of the work, the junction is being controlled by temporary traffic lights and Smallbrook Lane is restricted to one-way eastbound (towards Ryde). The non-residential end of Carters Road is also 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.

Update 27 October – and notice of upcoming road closure (Smallbrook Lane)

The works at Smallbrook Junction are ahead of schedule and set to enter a new phase next week as the main utility diversion work gets underway. Please see latest press release here.

This will require the closure of Smallbrook Lane to all through traffic to accommodate the work in two separate phases.

This work will begin next week (1st November) starting with the gas works by SGN and some preparatory works by other utilities for one week. The road will then re-open to all traffic, one way eastbound as before.

There will then be a further closure on the 22nd November for two weeks when the main elements of the utility diversion work will take place including works by Southern Water to lay the main water pipe across Smallbrook Lane.

During the closures, residents of Smallbrook Lane will have access to their properties to and from Great Preston Road at all times, with the road reverting to two-way traffic, although operating as a cul-de-sac.

During the work eastbound traffic that would have normally used Smallbrook Lane to head to Ryde will be diverted via Green Lane, Coach Lane, Brading and then onto the main road to Ryde.  Eastbound traffic that would usually have used Smallbrook Lane coming from Ryde will instead use West Street, Green Street and St John’s Hill.

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.

Key document links:

Stakeholder letter

Updated Stakeholder letter

Press release

Updated press release

Traffic management map

Questions and answers

Proposed layout plan