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shanklinsteamerSouthern Vectis is to start its open-top Shanklin Steamer bus route from Good Friday (3rd April) after learning of problems with the town’s famous cliff lift.

The bus operator has been working with Isle of Wight Council to introduce the service, which will transport local people and visitors from the town to Shanklin seafront and Esplanade.

Matt Kitchin, general manager of Southern Vectis said:

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“The lift carries thousands of people each year to the beach and businesses on the Esplanade here in Shanklin – and we were concerned to learn that it was pulled from service just as the summer season begins.

“We are pleased to be running the service as a trial until Sunday 12th April – but this may be extended if it is well-received.”

Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for economy and tourism, said:

“It is very disappointing the extent of works required mean the lift must be closed for safety reasons.

“We are working with Southern Vectis to provide a bus and have agreed to underwrite the net costs of providing this service over the Easter period. We hope this will help the businesses in the area, as well as tourists and residents, during this busy time.

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“We are doing all we can to find a solution to the lift’s problems as quickly as possible and will keep the public updated as soon as we have further announcements to make”.

The Shanklin Steamer route runs from 09:45 to 17:15 – with an hour’s gap from 13:15. Fares are £4 for a day ticket, £2.50 one way or £1.50 for concessions (under 19s and over 60s).

For more information about the route and times, please refer to the Southern Vectis timetable book, at bus stops in Shanklin or online at

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