Posted by Admin on 16 January 2006, 12:00 am

Roger Mazillius and I met with Marc Morgan-Huws, who has given a ‘provisional’ snapshot as to what Southern Vectis is proposing for the Bus Service in the Northwood Area from April. Marc has outlined that his company is committed to getting more people on buses.

Following numerous previous complaints from us, Southern Vectis has confirmed that there will be 8 services an hour Newport-bound, and 8 services an hour Cowes-bound. Of the 8 services, half will pass Nodes Road, Four Cross, the Roundhouse, and travel direct to Cowes Pontoon via Park Road (now avoiding Bellevue Road). After Cowes, most buses will return to Newport via Newport Road, Cowes Medical Centre, the Park and Ride and Somerton. The other four buses will travel this loop in the opposite direction. All buses will be single-decked, and will provide access to mobility-impaired passengers. All services will now call at the Horseshoe Inn, which is to become a travel hub, with buses running every 8 minutes in both directions.

All Commercial Services will now terminate at Newport; however the company plan to introduce through-tickets for destinations beyond Newport. Newport is to become the terminus, to overcome the rippling effect which delays can accrue from cross-island congestion, from maintaining more complex routes. To a degree this should mean buses operate at regular intervals with fewer longer gaps when operating on similar routes (!?)

Northwood will have double the services it currently has, with increased (doubled) services on Sundays, and more services provided in the evening (particularly on Fridays and Saturdays).

We have also requested that consideration be given to offering a drop-off point in St. James’ Square; however the stop outside Somerfield may remain for the longer term.

Service 33, which is subsidised by the Isle of Wight Council, should remain unaltered until October.

Paul Fuller, Chairman Northwood Community Partnership.

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