Wroxall to Shanklin Cycle track work to include green features

Jason and Sam at the cycletrack

Work is underway on a major Island Roads project to improve the cycle track between Wroxall and Shanklin.

As part of the work, which is scheduled to last until mid-September, Island Roads is liaising with Sandown-based environmental consultants Arc to see if features that will improve the local ecology can be introduced. Such features could include plants that are beneficial to the local ecology and bee tubes that provide habitats for the local bee population and which have already been incorporated into several recent Island Roads improvement projects.

The improvement work will focus on the seven bridges that are located on the popular cycle route. Work varies from bridge to bridge but will include cleaning off decades of dirt and grime, waterproofing to prevent deterioration, strengthening works, repointing and the replacement of damaged brickwork.

All work will be completed without the need to restrict access to the cycletrack.

Project manager Jason Boulter said: “Once again we are seeking to ensure that as well as improving this important element of the Island’s cycling and walking network we also look to see if there is anything we can do in addition to support the local ecology.”

Sam Buck of Arc said: “The Island Roads team have shown real enthusiasm to improve features for wildlife alongside people at their sites.

“As a massive land manager with influence across the entire Isle of Wight the opportunities to make Island-wide improvements are vast. Arc is delighted to guide and encourage this wherever possible with our innovative and award-winning solutions.”