A WALKWAY at a popular Isle of Wight seafront due to reopen tomorrow (Friday) has been met with delays.

It is more bad news for Ventnor.

The new seafront walkway to improve Rene Howe Walk (the Cascades), was due to open tomorrow, but now will not be open until Easter. 

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The walkway is a 27-week project to install 140m of new safety railings, which curves down alongside Ventnor's iconic Victorian Cascade.

It is a problem with the galvanisation process for the railings, being done by a mainland company, which is holding the project up, say Island Roads.

The scheme has also involved excavating Shore Hill, with the entire route also resurfaced and bollards installed, to protect pedestrians and road users. 

An Island Roads spokesperson said: “The Rene Howe Walk scheme remains on track to be completed by the Easter weekend.

"However, we are disappointed to announce the walkway will not reopen tomorrow (Friday) as previously communicated.

"The bespoke handrails are made on the Island, but then need to go to a mainland facility to be galvanised and, unfortunately, a breakdown at this facility has led to a delay in delivery.

“It is disappointing, as the works had been progressing so well — despite the extremely challenging weather conditions experienced and, particularly as we had been able to give the local community such a positive update about the works at the public meeting at St Catherine’s Church last week.

“We have explored alternative suppliers for the railings to be galvanised, but with shipping times and pre-existing orders factored in, unfortunately this is not possible.

"We are in regular conversation with our supplier, and are urging them to prioritise our works so we can install the remaining railings, and complete the scheme ahead of Easter.

“We will of course keep the local community informed.”