The government has approved a £487M upgrade of the Isle of Wight’s roads.
Transport minister Norman Baker approved the private finance initiative to maintain almost 500 miles of highways, more than 12,000 street lighting columns and 2,000 other items.
The project will begin in April 2013 and encompass the island’s roads; pavements; cycleway network; bridges; retaining walls; CCTV; street lighting; car parks; and traffic lights.
Baker said: “The funding this government has agreed will bring better, safer roads and more reliable journeys to the people of the Isle of Wight. This contract will see the condition of the Island’s roads greatly improved.”