Vintage vehicle parade declares Military Road open

An eye-catching parade of more than 70 vintage vehicles helped to mark the official re-opening of the iconic Military Road, following its major upgrade by Island Roads.

A 7.5-mile section of the road has been upgraded in what is the largest carriageway improvement project to be delivered in a single scheme by Island Roads, under the Highways Improvement Programme.

The section between Brook and Chale has been resurfaced

The whole section between Brook and Chale has been resurfaced – and in places, rebuilt – in a scheme lasting just over four weeks. It means that the whole 12-miles of the Military Road has now been upgraded by Island Roads.

The project was scheduled outside the main holiday season but before the onset of winter when severe weather might be expected. Work was also undertaken around the clock to reduce disruption, and  there was frequent communication with local business and residents to allow for access needs

Thanking the local community for their co-operation during the work, Keith Gourlay, Island Roads construction manager, said: “We hope residents and tourists will now enjoy a smoother ride on this scenic and historic stretch of road.”

The parade of vintage vehicles was intended to drive home the message that the Military Road – one of the UK’s most photographed highways – is a route to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

The ride-out featured vehicles from the Vectis Historic Vehicle Club and the Island MG Owners Club, and Southern Vectis brought its 1939 Bristol K5G open-top bus.