photo showing road with walkway suspended above at St George's Way

March 2021

The latest phase of ongoing investment to improve traffic flows in and around Newport is to get underway in this month.

The IW Council scheme, delivered by Island Roads, will help resolve the bottlenecks currently caused at either end of St George’s Way by traffic queuing to enter Coppins Bridge and on the approach to ‘Matalan’ roundabout.

Extending the lanes at either end will enable traffic to travel along and beyond St George’s Way via Coppins Bridge and Matalan roundabout more efficiently. Currently there is limited, dedicated lane space for traffic wishing to travel towards Ryde via Coppins bridge (to the north) and for traffic wishing to turn right at the Matalan Roundabout towards Church Litten and the town centre. This means that long queues form along the length of St George’s Way, particularly at peak times. The extended lanes will shorten queuing times, allowing more traffic to exit at Coppins Bridge during each cycle of the lights and at the Matalan roundabout, meaning less congestion and also less idling by stationery/queuing vehicles which is better for the environment.

The project, which is expected to last for at least six months, will also provide additional and improved crossings meaning better access and safety for pedestrians. The project will also require work by the statutory utility services to re-route their apparatus.

During construction, St George’s Way will be restricted to one lane and a short, local diversion using adjoining main roads will be in place to enable traffic to bypass the area.  You can view a map showing the diversion here.

While the diversion route is in place the taxi ranks in South Street and outside Peacocks will be relocated to Church Litten car park in Orchard Road and Medina Avenue will also be temporarily turned into a cul-de-sac to help maintain the safety of road users and pedestrians.

These arrangements will be reviewed on a regular basis and changes made where necessary.

While access to and from Furrlongs will generally be available during the scheme, there will be times for up to a week at a time when access will be restricted to allow works to take place across the junction.  During these times a signed diversion will be in place and details will be published in advance.  The first of these closures will come into force on Monday 15th March when traffic will not be able to exit onto St George’s Way from Furrlongs for two to three days.  A signed diversion will be in place and you can view that map here.

The new traffic arrangements will be put in place on the night of Friday March 12 with preparatory work beginning the next day.

The one-way restriction will be removed in time for the school summer holidays with all subsequent surfacing work being undertaken overnight.

While we have put in place as many measures as possible to avoid disruption, delays are inevitable so we would ask motorists to avoid the area or to travel at quieter times of the day if at all possible.

We will be posting regular updates on this page as the scheme progresses as well as on our Twitter feed @IslandRoads and via the media.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns please email Island Roads

Additional information:

Newport Junction Improvements Programme Overview

St George’s Way Scheme overview

Traffic management diversion map

Diversion map during Furrlongs closure (access closed to traffic from Furrlongs onto St George’s Way)

Latest press release

Frequently asked questions

General briefing note

Stakeholder update – 31 March 2021


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