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RED JET 7 BUILD AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

The construction of Red Funnel’s second state-of-the-art high-speed passenger ferry, Red Jet 7 is rapidly taking shape at Wight Shipyard Co in East Cowes. The £7million, 41 metre vessel is expected to enter the water ahead of schedule in May 2018. The twin aluminium catamaran hulls are now easily recognisable inside the famous Union Jack branded Columbine building. The shell …

BRAND NEW POST OFFICE FOR EAST COWES

As part of the modernisation and investment programme taking place across the Post Office network, a brand new Post Office will open at Central Convenience Store, Osborne Garage in East Cowes on Friday 26th January at 13:00. The new branch will offer customers a wide range of Post Office services, from posting letters and parcels to collecting and returning online …

SEELY WELCOMES PLANS TO CONSULT ON POST-BREXIT ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS BODY

Island MP Bob Seely has welcomed government plans to consult on a new independent body to uphold environmental standards in England after Brexit. Groups and campaigners will get a chance to frame a world-leading statutory organisation to give the environment a voice and hold the powerful to account. Currently UK environmental decisions, such as improving air and water quality to …

COUNCIL ISSUE TOP TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF FOOD RECYCLING SERVICE

The Isle of Wight Council, in partnership with Amey, is urging residents to make the most of their food recycling collections service. According to Recycle Now, UK householders throw away 7.3million tonnes of food each year. This is the equivalent of 20billion frozen pizzas or the equivalent of 1 pizza per day of food. The food we do not recycle …

BRIDGE SCHEME SEEKS TO KEEP TRAFFIC MOVING

Island Roads is adopting an innovative solution to reduce traffic disruption during work to strengthen a road bridge in the centre of Porchfield. The bridge supporting the main road over Rodge Brook needs strengthening work to ensure it meets the standards required by the Highways PFI contract. Often, such strengthening work is undertaken by digging into the structure from the …

HOVERTRAVEL TO INCREASE FREQUENCY OF MONDAY MORNING CROSSINGS

Hovertravel are to increase the frequency of early morning crossings between Ryde and Southsea on Monday mornings throughout November and December. The cross-Solent operator has said that it’s recognised that in recent weeks the 06:15 and 06:45 services on Monday mornings have almost reached capacity. This morning passengers experienced delays due to services being in high demand. As a result of …

DIESEL AND BATTERY TRAINS COULD BE THE SOLUTION FOR ISLAND LINE

South Western Railway have revealed that the Island’s 80-year-old trains could be replaced with a diesel, battery or flywheel powered locomotive, a tram or even a guided bus lane. The train operator, which took over the running of Island Line earlier this year, has stated in a consultation document published this week that the Class 483 former London Underground trains …

CONSERVATIVES ‘DELIVERING FOR THE ISLAND’ SAYS GROUP LEADER

The Conservative Administration at County Hall is already ‘delivering for the Island’ – that is the message from Group Leader Councillor Dave Stewart as the Tories reach their 6-month anniversary this week. The Conservatives took over the running of the Isle of Wight Council from the Independents back in May. Since then the administration has been working towards improving many …

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