The Newport to Sandown cycle track, long plagued by flooding, is set to receive a significant upgrade.

Island Roads will soon begin work on 660 metres of the route near Blackwater.

Starting on June 10 and concluding on July 12, 120 metres of the track will be raised and resurfaced to stop future flooding.

An additional 540 metres of adjoining pathway will also be reworked to provide a smoother ride for users.

The timing of the work avoids school/public holidays and popular local events, including Walk the Wight, to ensure minimal disruption, Island Roads said.

Despite the track portion between Blackwater Hollow and Birchmore Lane closing temporarily during work, signed diversions will maintain passage between Blackwater and Merstone.

However, as this section is flood-prone, bad weather could alter the project's start and finish dates.

An Island Roads spokesperson said: "We apologise for any inconvenience this project may cause but, as users of this track will know, the work to reduce the occurrences of flooding and to improve the surface will be of great benefit to the Island’s walking and cycling infrastructure."