ROAD resurfacing work is to resume on the Isle of Wight towards the end of May, following a review of government guidance and staff safety training.

Island Roads, in consultation with the IW Council, has continued with its highway service throughout the coronavirus outbreak, providing essential maintenance to keep the road network safe for vehicles and pedestrians.

Work has included repair to road defects, keeping the streets clean and bins emptied and continuing work on the St Mary’s junction improvement scheme.

Road resurfacing, which is normally carried out from March each year, was suspended owing to the larger crew sizes required to complete work and concerns about the supply of materials.

Following assurances on material supply, further staff training and risk assessments, and in line with latest government advice, resurfacing work will resume from Tuesday 26 May.

All staff have full construction PPE and will be working within social distancing guidelines wherever possible.

Keith Gourlay, Island Roads construction manager, said: "I want to reassure residents our crews will be maintaining a distance from the public as they complete (residential) work, and we ask residents do the same for our crews.

“As before, we will carry out letter drops in advance of any work. We also ask residents to keep a close eye on our yellow information boards which will appear on site ahead of works, as the timing can be affected by external factors such as inclement weather.

“We aim to complete work without impacting substantially on residents, however we will need people to remove their vehicles from the road the night before.

"If this presents difficulties for anyone, they can call our hub on 822440 so we can discuss this with them."

A list of forthcoming works is available to view here.