Spicer's Bridge (Langbridge) Newchurch

This page has been created to keep residents up to date on the scheme to strengthen Spicer's Bridge. It follows a community meeting held on 19th July 2017 at which details of the scheme were discussed. Please check back for latest updates.

Island Roads is to carry out a major bridge strengthening scheme to Spicer's Bridge at Newchurch Shute later this year.


The ten-week arch strengthening project is scheduled to begin in September and will address weaknesses in the structure that have been identified as part of the Highways PFI inspection and assessment programme.


Though a strengthening scheme was designed in readiness to begin earlier this year, work has been delayed until after the main tourism season following discussions with the IW Council.  This has led to temporary traffic management and a 3 Tonne weight restriction being put in place to protect the bridge from further deterioration.


Island Roads is keen to give advance notice of the project because the work will mean Newchurch Shute will be closed to through traffic during the ten-week scheme. Access to properties will however remain unaffected and a temporary footbridge will be erected to ensure pedestrian access is retained.


Current Status

A 3 Tonne restriction remains in place on the bridge with diversions for overweight vehicles signed via both Arreton and Brading. Following further meetings with key stakeholders, the temporary one-way system that was in place to the north of the bridge has since been removed.


Main Scheme Details

From Monday 11th September 2017, the bridge will be closed to all traffic for up to 10 weeks whilst the bridge is strengthened by Island Roads. 

For full details of the scheme please click here


                    What will this mean to you?

Travelling on Foot:

Pedestrians will have access at all times using a temporary footbridge, to be located alongside the road bridge.

Travelling on Bicycle:

Cyclists will be able to use the temporary footbridge, but will be asked to dismount.

Travelling by Car:

Vehicle diversions via either:

Arreton using Mersley Lane/ Knighton Shute, The Downs Road, Downend Road, A3056, Winford Road


Brading using Mersley Lane/ Knighton Shute, The Downs Road, Brading Down Road, Morton Road, Morton Common, Broadway, A3056, Winford Road


Both diversions will be fully signed for the duration of the works.

Travelling by Bus:

School and local community buses will continue to run, as per the amended timetables and routes, but will not be able to pass over the bridge.




Q: How long will the works take?

A: Works are programmed to take up to ten weeks starting on Monday 11th September 2017


Q: What will the works involve?

A: During the initial stages of the project, the site team will install a temporary footbridge on the downstream side of the bridge to ensure pedestrian access is maintained throughout the works. The bridge will then be temporarily propped before the surfacing and fill above the arch is removed. A concrete saddle (layer of supporting concrete) will then be cast above the original masonry arch to provide additional strength and preserve the existing stonework. Finally, the masonry arch will be repaired and repointed using materials and techniques appropriate for use on the listed structure.


Q: What permissions have been obtained for the scheme?

A: The main works have been granted Listed Building Consent as the structure is a Grade II listed structure. This is to ensure that our scheme retains the historic character of the bridge. As the bridge crosses the River Yar, a bespoke permit from the Environment Agency has also been obtained.


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