The bus operator is introducing the St Cross Business Express, beginning Tuesday 5th May, to transport people between Newport and the popular business park.
The service will serve Hunnyhill, the rear of St Mary’s Hospital, St Cross Business Park and Riverway before returning to Newport Bus Station via Coppins Bridge.
Matt Kitchin, general manager of Southern Vectis said:
“We have worked closely with the Isle of Wight Council to access the Local Sustainable Transport Fund Initiative – and this has allowed us to begin operating this important service
“It is all about giving people the chance to leave their cars at home, by making sure they have a sustainable alternative for travelling into work.
“We are running the shuttle from Newport Bus Station to St Cross Business Park on weekdays, three times in the morning and three times in the evening – to match business start and finish times.”
The service will run initially for a trial period of 11 months – and Kevin Smith, chief chief executive of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, is expecting it to prove popular among the Island’s commuters. He said:
“This is a great new service serving the island business community and will enable staff based on the business park to have a real alternative to car travel at a very reasonable cost”.
Early users of the St Cross Business Express will benefit from introductory fares of £1.50 single and £2.50 return – and the full range of Southern Vectis’ freedom and rover ticket will also be valid.
Cllr Luisa Hillard, Isle of Wight Council Executive member for sustainability, said:
“The Local Sustainable Transport Fund is not just about improving shared use paths or cycling facilities, it encompasses a lot more than that.
“The council has previously provided grant funding for a range of LSTF initiatives across the Island, including transport schemes. We are very pleased this latest grant will give the thousands of employees who work on or near St Cross Business Park the opportunity to leave their cars at home and use sustainable transport to get to work.”
For more information about Southern Vectis or the St Cross Business Express, visit www.islandbuses.info.
Photographed L-R: Kevin Smith, Cllr Hillard and Matt Kitchin. Inset: Kevin Smith posing with a Southern Vectis bus