New 20mph speed limit for Newchurch

Newchurch is set to become the latest Island village to have a 20mph speed limit introduced.

Residents have long campaigned for a 20mph speed limit through the centre of the village. and now IW Council, in partnership with Newchurch Parish Council, Island Roads and the local ward member, has now agreed to a series of new speed restrictions throughout the parish.

Under the new traffic regulation order, the largest area subject to change will be from Langbridge through to Branstone Cross, including Newchurch High Street. Some sections will see new 30mph and 20mph speed limits as well as the introduction of a weight restriction. There will also be changes around Whitely Bank roundabout and between Apse Heath roundabout and Branstone Cross.

The work to implement the speed restrictions is expected to start in August. One of the loudest voices calling for a 20mph speed limit was Paul Hendy, who grew up in the village. He said: “The roads in and around Newchurch are narrow and there are sections with no pavement meaning pedestrians are forced to walk in the road which can be dangerous, particularly at night.”

Councillor Clare Mosdell said: “We have all worked together to bring the speed down through Newchurch from 30mph to 20mph, which will hopefully bring many benefits. It has been a huge piece of work but these measures will reduce risks for pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorists alike.”

Councillor Ian Ward, the Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, said: “Speed is relative to the conditions of the road and you only have to look at these roads to see 30mph is inappropriate. The TRO took time to get agreed but we all worked together to get the best outcome.”