05 Feb 2013 Last updated at 00:00

Improvements for main Ryde junction

Works to upgrade the road layout at Smallbrook crossroads near Ashey will get underway this week.

There have been 10 accidents where people have been hurt at the junction since January 2009 and the council is investing almost £100,000 to improve the area to make it safer.
The works will begin on Wednesday 6 February and will involve the road being resurfaced and anti-skid surfacing re-laid. Minor kerb realignments will also be carried out, and improvements will be made to the roundabout including re-marking it and installing a raised mound. New road markings on each approach will also be laid down which are designed to slow vehicles before they reach the junction.

Peter Hayward, Isle of Wight Council head of highways said; "Recent figures show the junction at Smallbrook crossroads has a high number of accidents. Whilst all of these have been caused by driver error with motorists not giving way at the roundabout we feel that these improvements will make the junction easier to use whilst helping drivers to recognise the priorities and reduce the accident rate."
Between 6 - 18 February, four-way temporary lights will be in place at the roundabout, and a road closure will be in place from 18 February until 4pm on Friday 1 March. Diversions will be in place during the closure.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area during these works as delays are likely. Access to businesses and premises will be available.

The road layout will be improved during the works
The road layout will be improved during the works
  • Twenty people have been injured in accidents at the junction since January 2009
Ryde Isle of Wight