Fishbourne Lane improvement works

One of the key gateway roads to the Isle of Wight is to be upgraded by Island Roads.

The work to Fishbourne Lane, the road serving Wightlink’s Fishbourne terminal, will involve reconstruction and resurfacing of the road from its junction with Elenors Grove to the Wightlink terminal.

Not only will the road upgrade help create a good impression to visitors arriving on the Island, it will also reduce noise from the traffic, including HGVs, that travel along this residential road.

Following a number of meetings attended by Island Roads, Wightlink and the Isle of Wight Council the scheme has been programmed to avoid the peak summer months when traffic is at its highest and, where road closures are required these involve shorter than usual night time shifts (between 9pm and 3.30am, Monday to Thursday and 10pm and 3.30am on Fridays) to minimise the impact on businesses, residents and those travelling to and from the Island.  The remainder of the works are during the daytime and will take place with traffic signals to help control the flow of traffic.

There will be no work undertaken on Saturday and Sunday nights and the road will be re-opened outside of work hours.

Other traffic management will be in place throughout the duration of the project between July 15 and November 1 (note - no work is planned during the school summer holidays). Further details of these arrangements will be announced nearer the time.  Please also note, there are a variety of factors including inclement weather and emergency works that may affect the timing of the scheme.  Signs on site will reflect any changes accordingly.

In the initial phase, starting on 15 July, preparatory works will be undertaken from its junction with Elenors Grove to the Wightlink terminal, to ensure the area is ready for the main phase of work in the autumn. This first phase will involve carriageway reconstruction work and will be carried out during daytime hours over a five-day period (15 to 19 July). The road will remain open during the works using temporary, manned traffic signals to help keep traffic flowing freely along the road.  While all steps are being taken to minimise disruption, delays may be possible, and people are advised to allow more time for their journeys in the surrounding area. 

Wightlink are also reminding customers that they need to arrive at the ferry terminal no less than 30 minutes but no more than an hour before their ferry departure time.

Residents and local businesses in the immediate vicinity of the work have been contacted ahead of the works.  This follows a previous letter drop, site visits and two drop-in sessions earlier in the year at which residents were able to discuss the work and sign up for email updates during the scheme.

Wightlink will introduce a temporary weekday night-time timetable for five weeks in the autumn while the work will be at its height. For more information visit Wightlink’s website here 

We realise that despite taking steps to minimise disruption, this scheme will cause some inconvenience, so we would like to thank all businesses, residents in the vicinity, and other key local stakeholders for their support.

This page will be updated during the works to keep you informed of the progress of this road improvement scheme, in addition we have created an e-mail contact group for residents in the area, which will allow us to provide updates throughout the works. If you would like to be included please e-mail stating the scheme location and include your name, address and telephone number (optional). Your details will not be shared or used for any other reason than to keep you updated with this Fishbourne Lane scheme.

For information:

Timetable of works

Fishbourne Lane Works Plan Phase 1

Fishbourne Lane Works Plan Phase 2

Fishbourne Lane Works Plan Phase 3

Fishbourne Lane Residents' Letter (Feb 2019)

Fishbourne Lane Press release (Feb 2019)

Fishbourne Lane Residents' Letter (July 2019)

Fishbourne Lane Press release reminder (July 2019)