Photo showing large dug out section of road, with pipes covered in highway materials, digger to the left and a workman standing in the pit in the foreground.

June 2021

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

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 started in March and 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 is restricted to one lane and a short, local diversion using adjoining main roads is 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 have been relocated to Church Litten car park in Orchard Road and Medina Avenue has also been temporarily turned into a cul-de-sac to help maintain the safety of road users and pedestrians.

These arrangements are being kept under review on a regular basis and changes made where necessary.

While access to and from Furrlongs is generally 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. For the most part the diversion will follow this map here.

Surfacing work which will follow the completion of carriageway excavations on site will being undertaken overnight at the end of the scheme.

While we have put in place as many measures as possible to avoid disruption, some 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 are 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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