TRAFFIC in Newport is suffering long delays this afternoon (Friday).

Most routes in and out of Newport are jammed with queues and Southern Vectis buses on all routes from Newport have been affected.

Southern Vectis has reported delays of 45 minutes on Route 5 and 9 services to East Cowes and Ryde.

Routes 2, 3 and 8 are all 15 minutes late.

A number of scheduled bus services on Route 1 and 9 were cancelled because they had been so badly delayed that the drivers had to take legal breaks.

A spokesperson for Island Roads told the County Press there was no obvious cause for the traffic problems throughout the town and put it down to high volumes of traffic during Easter school holidays.