Businesses are open, but Shanklin Esplanade is closed to cars during the working day from today (Tuesday), as highway improvement work gets underway.

The Esplanade will be open to vehicles during evenings and at weekends and all the time for pedestrians.

The Isle of Wight Council is waiving all charges on the cliff lift, between 10am and 6pm while the work is underway.

Parking restrictions in Palmerston Road, Osborne Road and Eastcliff Promenade will be lifted until 3 May.

A new bus stop will be created on the seaward side of the Esplanade (opposite the main apron of the former pier) and will replace the stop outside the Waterfront.

The Esplanade Gardens car park will also be resurfaced during the project.