Working for a safe Walk the Wight

Posted on: May 4, 2023 at 1:18 pm

Several new traffic arrangements are being put in place to help ensure Walk the Wight participants are kept safe while disruption to motorists is minimised.

For the past few months, Island Roads staff have been working with Walk the Wight organisers from Mountbatten on a plan that keeps traffic moving and walkers safe during the May 14 event.

As a result, several new changes have been introduced to this year’s plan.

Perhaps the biggest change will be the closures of Clatterford Shute and Froglands Lane. These will be closed in their entirety between Clatterford Road and Whitcombe Road.

In order to retain as much access as possible to businesses including The Garlic Farm, Newport Shute and Lime Kiln Shute will both be open albeit it a one-way system.

Meanwhile Lynch Lane, Brighstone, will be closed as a through road although access to properties and event traffic will be maintained.

Island Roads and Mountbatten are also asking cyclists to take particular care when using shared used paths which will be particularly busy with walkers during the day. Cyclists are asked to dismount whenever they encounter large groups of walkers, particularly on the Flat Walk.

The arrangements will be in place throughout the day on Sunday May 14. Restrictions will be removed as soon as possible once the walk has passed through each location.

Lorraine White, Mountbatten’s major events fundraiser, said: “Once again it has been a pleasure to work with our friends at Island Roads who have been supporters of the event for many years.

“I think that together we have refined the plan which further balances the needs of road users with those of the thousands of walkers who take part in the event – such an important fundraiser for Mountbatten.”

Ryan Jackman, Island Roads traffic management officer, said: “Working with Mountbatten every year on this plan really is a labour of love for us. It is such a unique and inspiring event.

“We would like to thank motorists in advance for their co-operation during the day and wish everyone a successful and safe Walk the Wight.”