Vehicles are able to access Shanklin Esplanade and businesses remain open to the public despite ongoing works, according to Island Roads.

As previously reported by Isle of Wight Radio, highway improvements are being carried out throughout this month (May).

Some businesses raised concerns that vehicles were being turned around at the top of the town’s Hope Hill.

Island Roads says signage has been changed as of Tuesday (23):

“Both the advance and ongoing publicity for the Shanklin Esplanade improvement scheme and also road signs put out on Tuesday make it clear businesses remain open throughout work.

“On Tuesday morning we also adjusted the road signage to state vehicles are able to access the Esplanade during this week’s work. The project is being phased to ensure as many of the three Esplanade car parks remain open for as long as possible during work and pedestrians have full access at all times.”

A spokesperson from Island Roads said that parking restrictions on roads at the top of the cliff have been lifted and the Cliff Lift is operating free of charge:

“We have been liaising with businesses since January about the project and advised them to make advance arrangements in respect of their deliveries. We have told businesses and residents to contact staff on site should they need to discuss any particular issues.

“We would like to thank businesses and residents for their ongoing understanding and co-operation.”

Work on the Esplanade was suspended yesterday (Wednesday) due to weather conditions.

Island Roads says it has resumed today.