Many of the changes – particularly for Route 1 – are the result of an extensive public consultation exercise, lasting more than a year.
Key changes to the Southern Vectis timetable include the revised Route 1, which sees new single and double deck buses being used on two different variations of the route, as well as Route 8 buses leaving every 30 minutes from Newport as far as Sandown from Saturday 23rd May. In addition, Route 37 has been completely revised.
A new St Cross Business Express service, linking Newport Bus Station to River Way & St Cross Industrial Estates, is set to operate from Tuesday 5rd May. The route will provide three journeys each way at morning and afternoon peak times. There will also be a handy stop near the back of St Mary’s Hospital. The route is funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund for the first eleven months.
Southern Vectis general manager, Matt Kitchin said:
“I am delighted to announce changes to our timetable – with many enhancements to the services we provide for those travelling with us across the island.
“Current economic conditions make this a particularly challenging time for bus operators across the whole of the UK. But we have listened to our customers, invested more than £1 million, and are pleased to be providing improved services – many of them on a commercial basis.”
A full detailed summary of the changes are included below:
This route has been re-designed. There are two variations – with all journeys serving Cowes Park & Ride – and some journeys operated by our brand new double deck buses to provide additional capacity.
The two variations will each run every 15 minutes during the day from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, they will run every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evening.
Journeys to the Red Jet terminal via Round House will be branded ‘Red1’ to differentiate the route and are timed to connect with arriving and departing Red Jets to Southampton.
Newport – St Mary’s Hospital – Northwold – BAE Systems – Cowes Park & Ride – Three Gates Road – Round House – Cowes Red Jet Terminal. These journeys will be operated by brand new Enviro 200 midibuses branded as ‘Red 1’ with a capacity of 50.
Newport – St Mary’s Hospital – Northwood – Nodes Road – Three Gates Road – Cowes Park & Ride – Newport Road – Victoria Road – Cowes Carvel Lane. These journeys will operated by double deck buses, providing more than double the amount of seats than previously – with a capacity of 93.
An extra journey will run at 18:15 from Newport to Ryde via Shanklin and Sandown in response to customer feedback. The 07:25 bus from Sandown to Newport will now start at Ryde at 06:55. Due to increased demand, Southern Vectis are running an additional journey from Sandown to Newport at 07:45 on school days.
The 21:40 and 22:10 journeys from Ryde to Newport are retimed to match rail connections at Shanklin
Most journeys on Monday to Saturday are running earlier from Ryde to improve ferry connections at East Cowes.
The 01:00 journey from East Cowes on Monday to Saturday will depart from directly outside the Red Funnel terminal – to improve connection from the late night ferry to bus. This journey on Sunday will run earlier, at 00:50.
From Saturday 23rd May to Saturday 5th September, Route 8 will run every 30 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday – between Newport and Sandown.
Additional morning peak time journeys have been added from Ryde, with buses every 10 minutes from 07:10. Times at Binstead, Wootton, Staplers and Medina Leisure Centre have been amended to improve reliability.
The first journey of the day will be extended back to start from Totland at 07:25 on Monday to Saturday and 09:30 on Sunday. Following customer feedback, the 17:40 service from Newport is extended beyond Brook to finish at Totland. This improves connections to and from Freshwater Bay.
An additional bus will run a shortened Route 34 (the 34A) on Tuesday, serving Wootton and Havenstreet.
This route has been redesigned to cater for the new Ryde Community Clinic at Shackleton House. It will now operate a one way loop in a clockwise direction, serving Haylands, Ryde Community Clinic and Binstead, before returning to Ryde via the Community Clinic. This will result in the bus serving stops on the opposite side of the road through Haylands and Binstead.
The popular open-top Needles Breezer route will operate again this year, linking Yarmouth with Alum Bay and The Needles landmark attraction, via popular Freshwater Bay. Buses will run every 30 minutes. The Needles Breezer will run every day from Saturday 14th March, through to Sunday 1st November.
The dinosaur liveried buses will be back for 2015, linking Ryde and Yarmouth via Bembridge, Dinosaur Isle, Isle of Wight Zoo, Shanklin, Ventnor, Blackgang Chine, Freshwater Bay and Alum Bay. Buses will start running on Friday 3rd April – increasing service levels as the holiday season increases.
All of the open-top Downs Breezer buses will be operating in an anti-clockwise direction for 2015. They will link Ryde with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway at Wootton, Robin Hill Adventure Park, Arreton Old Village, Amazon World, Sandown, Dinosaur Isle and Isle of Wight Zoo.
Buses will run every 30 minutes, everyday, between Saturday 23rd May and Monday 31st August – except over the Isle of Wight Festival weekend.
The Steamer will run between Saturday 20th June and Monday 31st August, linking Shanklin Esplanade with the old village, hotels, bus and rail stations. Rail connections have been improved and journeys this year will be operated by a double deck open-top bus, offering better views of the coastline.
Routes 6, 7, 22, 23, 24, 32, 33, 34, 35, 38 and 39 are unchanged.
To see the full timetable in more detail, visit www.islandbuses.info.