TEMPORARY traffic lights will be in place at Staplers Road, Newport, next week, when engineers return to complete a £400,000 project.

Southern Water will return on Monday (September 23) to connect the remaining homes to a new, 500m section of the water main pipe installed earlier this year.

The work is expected to take five days, during which temporary traffic lights will be in place. The lights will be manually controlled during morning and evening peak hours to aid the flow of traffic.

Southern Water said the junction of Staplers Road and Mayfield Drive would also need to be closed to ensure the safety of its workforce, with a diversion route in place.

The Isle of Wight Council and Island Roads have been working with the water company to coordinate these necessary works before the St Mary’s Rounabout works start September 30.

Final surfacing work at Staplers will be completed later in the autumn. Southern Water said it would be carried out at night to minimise disruption.

Southern Water project manager, Peter Simmons, said residents had been informed of the latest works, which were designed to 'safeguard supplies into the future.'

He said: "We appreciate these works can cause an inconvenience, and so we thank everyone for their patience as we carry out this final phase of work."

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