ISLAND Roads has announced highway works at Cowes floating bridge, to start later this month.

The Isle of Wight Council instructed Island Roads, to design a scheme to improve pedestrian access and safety, on both sides of the Medina river.

The work is scheduled to start after the Isle of Wight Festival, and to be completed by schools' summer holidays.

A new 'build out' will be constructed in Ferry Road, East Cowes, removing the current offside lane.

Cllr Ian Ward, cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, said: “The current arrangement on-site is both confusing for HGV drivers and detrimental to road safety, due to large vehicles getting stuck at the junction.

“The proposed scheme should improve lane discipline, designed to create a more suitable path for HGVs needing to enter Castle Street, reducing the risk of them over-running the pavement.”

The new area will include a seat and litter bin, and two ticket machines for the floating bridge, placed on the most direct route to the foot passenger waiting area.

Members of East Cowes Town Council have also been asked whether they would like to enhance this new public realm area.

Meanwhile, in Medina Road, Cowes, the road will be narrowed and the pavement extended out to provide more space for people to wait for the bridge.

The area will include railings to separate foot passengers waiting to board the floating bridge, from those who have disembarked.

There will also be a new crossing point for pedestrians.

The floating bridge is anticipated to operate as normal throughout the works, although foot passengers and motorists should be cautious when in the vicinity.

Dave Marsh, design manager for Island Roads, said: “We look forward to commencing work on this scheme and bringing about vital improvements for both motorists and pedestrians in the area.”

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