Isle of Wight/Sandown Airport
Isle of Wight/Sandown Airport is an unlicensed aerodrome located 1 nautical mile west of Sandown, Isle of Wight, England. Isle of Wight Sandown Aerodrome had a CAA Ordinary Licence that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee. On 8 October 2006 at 13:15 GMT, a major fire started in a hangar containing flammable materials. One year during the early hours of 31 December 2007, a fire started in the kitchen of the Aviator Restaurant; this destroyed most of restaurant. It was thought at first that arson may have been the cause of the fire, but investigation found that it had been caused by two gas cylinders in the kitchen. Following a major decline in revenue as a result of the fire, the airport was sold to a London property developer, who intended to build a holiday camp on the site. Plans to build on the site were denied. In May 2013 the airport was purchased by two aviation enthusiasts. Landing fees have been reduced and a supply of aviation fuel introduced
Island Line, Isle of Wight
The Island Line is a railway line on the Isle of Wight, running 8 1⁄2 miles from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin on the Island's east coast. The line was electrified in 1967. Trains connect with passenger ferries to Portsmouth Harbour at Ryde Pier Head, these ferries in turn connect with the rest of the National Rail network; the line connects to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, a steam-operated heritage railway at Smallbrook Junction. For much of its length the line runs alongside the A3055, criss-crossing this road by means of the Ryde Tunnel and bridges at Rowborough, Morton Common, Lake Hill and Littlestairs; the line from Ryde St John's Road to Shanklin was opened on 23 August 1864, having been built by the Isle of Wight Railway. In 1866 the line was extended through to Ventnor; the line was built as single track throughout, with passing loops provided at Brading and Shanklin stations. In 1880 the London and South Western Railway and London and South Coast Railway opened a jointly-owned line north from Ryde St John's Road.
Under the direction of LBSCR Chief Engineer Frederick Banister, the building of the extension included a new tunnel and a third Ryde Pier to enable the line to reach Ryde Pier Head, which provided a connection with the companies' ferry services. When the LBSC/LSWR joint line opened, it was as a double track section from Ryde St John's Road station through to Ryde Pier Head. There was a scissors crossover situated on Ryde Pier to allow trains to access all platforms. Sets of crossovers were installed at St John's Road to enable trains to change from the joint line's left-hand running to the single-track sections on the Isle of Wight Central Railway's Newport line and the Isle of Wight Railway's Shanklin line. Following the Railways Act 1921, the Island Line and the other railways on the Isle of Wight became part of the Southern Railway. In 1926, crossovers and a signalbox were installed at Smallbrook Junction to extend double track operation from St John's Road. However, the signalbox was used only in the summer.
In winter, the two lines from Smallbrook to St. John's Road reverted to independent single track operation. In 1927, the passing loops at Brading and Sandown were connected to form a second section of double track. In 1948, the Southern Railway was nationalised, as part of British Railways British Rail; the line from Shanklin to Ventnor closed in April 1966. Steam trains were withdrawn from Ryde Pier on 17 September, the whole line on 31 December 1966. While the line was closed, the trackbed in Ryde Tunnel was raised to reduce flooding and decrease gradients, the rebuilding of Ryde Pier Head station was completed and Ryde Esplanade station was substantially modified; the line reopened in March 1967 following its electrification. In the 1980s, British Rail was sectorised and the line became part of the Network SouthEast sector. Services on the line were branded as Ryde Rail. British Rail opened two new stations on the line. Lake station opened in 1987. Smallbrook Junction station opened in co-operation with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
The double track between Sandown and Brading, along with the Brading passing loop, were removed in 1988. In 1989 the passenger service was branded as Island Line for the first time, as the name and logo was included on the "new" Class 483 trains' livery. However, this rebranding did not occur until 1994. Following the privatisation of British Rail, the rights to run services on the line were put out to tender as a franchise. Uniquely on the National Rail network, the franchise agreement required the successful bidder to maintain the railway line in addition to the stations and trains. Stagecoach Group were announced as the winner of the franchise and from October 1996 they operated passenger services under the name Island Line Trains. In 2002 a form of Automatic Train Protection was installed on the line; this involved the refitting of tripcocks on trains and the associated train stop trackside equipment at signals. This system is identical to the one fitted to the trains when in service on the London Underground, although it is in use only at signals protecting single-track sections of the route.
The Department for Transport designated the line as a community railway in March 2006, under reforms to help boost use of rural and branch lines in the UK rail network. From February 2007 the Island Line franchise was merged with the South West Trains franchise on the mainland. Stagecoach was announced as the winner of the expanded franchise and operated Island Line as a South West Trains subsidiary, but with the branding retained. However, the Island Line name has been retained, styled as Island Line Trains, promoted as a separate division on the South West Trains website. Island Line Trains have repainted stations in a heritage scheme of cream and green, as part of a general station improvement package. In August 2017, the franchise was taken over by South Western Railway who have maintained the brand name. In the mid-1990s it was planned to reopen the line south of Shanklin, to the original terminus at Ventnor. However, this now seems due in part to the high costs involved. Various other proposals have been put forward for the future of the railway line.
These have included: Conversion of the line to an express bus road. Connecting the line to the mainland rail network via a Solent tunnel, it has been mentioned in the Isle of Wight Council's Local Transport Plan that any improvements to the railway should be made to ensure compatibility with the shelved South Hampshire Rapid Transit scheme. A suggestion in early 2009 was to reinstate the loop at Brading, thus allowing a'Clock Face' ti
Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, between 2 and 5 miles off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent; the island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, verdant landscape of fields and chines. The island has been home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes, it has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat-building, sail-making, the manufacture of flying boats, the hovercraft, Britain's space rockets. The island hosts annual music festivals including the Isle of Wight Festival, which in 1970 was the largest rock music event held, it has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe. The isle was earlier a kingdom in its own right. In common with the Crown dependencies The British Crown was represented on the island by the Governor of the Isle of Wight until 1995.
The island has played an important part in the defence of the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, been near the front-line of conflicts through the ages, including the Spanish Armada and the Battle of Britain. Rural for most of its history, its Victorian fashionability and the growing affordability of holidays led to significant urban development during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of Hampshire, the island became a separate administrative county in 1890, it continued to share the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire until 1974, when it was made its own ceremonial county. Apart from a shared police force, there is now no administrative link with Hampshire, although a combined local authority with Portsmouth and Southampton was considered, this is now unlikely to proceed; until 1995 the island had a governor. The quickest public transport link to the mainland is the hovercraft from Ryde to Southsea. During the last Ice Age, sea levels were lower and the Solent was part of a river flowing south east from current day Poole Harbour towards mid-Channel.
As sea levels rose, the river valley became flooded, the chalk ridge line west of the Needles breached to form the island. The Isle of Wight is first mentioned in writing in Geography by Ptolemy. Bronze Age Britain had large reserves of tin in the areas of Cornwall and Devon and tin is necessary to smelt bronze. At that time the sea level was much lower and carts of tin were brought across the Solent at low tide for export on the Ferriby Boats. Anthony Snodgrass suggests that a shortage of tin, as a part of the Bronze Age Collapse and trade disruptions in the Mediterranean around 1300 BC, forced metalworkers to seek an alternative to bronze. During Iron Age Britain, the Late Iron Age, the Isle of Wight would appear to have been occupied by the Celtic tribe, the Durotriges - as attested by finds of their coins, for example, the South Wight Hoard, the Shalfleet Hoard. South eastern Britain experienced significant immigration, reflected in the genetic makeup of the current residents; as the Iron Age began the value of tin dropped and this greatly changed the economy of the Isle of Wight.
Trade however continued. Julius Caesar reported that the Belgae took the Isle of Wight in about 85 BC, recognised the culture of this general region as "Belgic", but made no reference to Vectis; the Roman historian Suetonius mentions. The Romans built no towns on the island, but the remains of at least seven Roman villas have been found, indicating the prosperity of local agriculture. First-century exports were principally hides, hunting dogs, cattle, silver and iron. Ferriby Boats and Blackfriars Ships were important to the local economy. During the Dark Ages the island was settled by Jutes as the pagan kingdom of Wihtwara under King Arwald. In 685 it was invaded by Caedwalla. In 686 Arwald was defeated and the island became the last part of English lands to be converted to Christianity, added to Wessex and becoming part of England under King Alfred the Great, included within the shire of Hampshire, it suffered from Viking raids, was used as a winter base by Viking raiders when they were unable to reach Normandy.
Both Earl Tostig and his brother Harold Godwinson held manors on the island. Starting in AD 449 the 5th and 6th centuries saw groups of Germanic speaking peoples from Northern Europe crossing the English Channel and setting up home. Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum identifies three separate groups of invaders: of these, the Jutes from Denmark settled the Isle of Wight and Kent. From onwards, there are indications that the island had wide trading links, with a port at Bouldnor, evidence of Bronze Age tin trading, finds of Late Iron Age coins; the Norman Conquest of 1066 created the position of Lord of the Isle of Wight. Carisbrooke Priory and the fort of Carisbrooke Castle were founded. Allegiance was sworn to FitzOsbern rather than the king. For nearly 200 years the island
Southampton is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire, England. It is 70 miles south-west of 15 miles west north-west of Portsmouth. Southampton is the closest city to the New Forest, it lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water at the confluence of the Rivers Test and Itchen, with the River Hamble joining to the south of the urban area. The city, a unitary authority, has an estimated population of 253,651; the city's name is sometimes abbreviated in writing to "So'ton" or "Soton", a resident of Southampton is called a Sotonian. Significant employers in the city include Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton, Solent University, Southampton Airport, Ordnance Survey, BBC South, the NHS, ABP and Carnival UK. Southampton is noted for its association with the RMS Titanic, the Spitfire and more in the World War II narrative as one of the departure points for D-Day, more as the home port of a number of the largest cruise ships in the world. Southampton has retail park, Westquay.
In 2014, the city council approved a neighbouring followup Westquay South which opened in 2016–2017. In the 2001 census Southampton and Portsmouth were recorded as being parts of separate urban areas; this built-up area is part of the metropolitan area known as South Hampshire, known as Solent City in the media when discussing local governance organisational changes. With a population of over 1.5 million this makes the region one of the United Kingdom's most populous metropolitan areas. Archaeological finds suggest. Following the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43 and the conquering of the local Britons in AD 70 the fortress settlement of Clausentum was established, it was an important trading port and defensive outpost of Winchester, at the site of modern Bitterne Manor. Clausentum is thought to have contained a bath house. Clausentum was not abandoned until around 410; the Anglo-Saxons formed a new, settlement across the Itchen centred on what is now the St Mary's area of the city. The settlement was known as Hamwic, which evolved into Hamtun and Hampton.
Archaeological excavations of this site have uncovered one of the best collections of Saxon artefacts in Europe. It is from this town. Viking raids from 840 onwards contributed to the decline of Hamwic in the 9th century, by the 10th century a fortified settlement, which became medieval Southampton, had been established. Following the Norman Conquest in 1066, Southampton became the major port of transit between the capital of England and Normandy. Southampton Castle was built in the 12th century and surviving remains of 12th-century merchants' houses such as King John's House and Canute's Palace are evidence of the wealth that existed in the town at this time. By the 13th century Southampton had become a leading port involved in the import of French wine in exchange for English cloth and wool; the Franciscan friary in Southampton was founded circa 1233. The friars constructed a water supply system in 1290, which carried water from Conduit Head some 1.1 miles to the site of the friary inside the town walls.
Further remains can be observed at Conduit House on Commercial Road. The friars granted use of the water to the town in 1310; the town was sacked in 1338 by French and Monegasque ships. On visiting Southampton in 1339, Edward III ordered that walls be built to'close the town'; the extensive rebuilding—part of the walls dates from 1175—culminated in the completion of the western walls in 1380. Half of the walls, 13 of the original towers, six gates survive. In 1348, the Black Death reached England via merchant vessels calling at Southampton. Prior to King Henry's departure for the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the ringleaders of the "Southampton Plot"—Richard, Earl of Cambridge, Henry Scrope, 3rd Baron Scrope of Masham, Sir Thomas Grey of Heton—were accused of high treason and tried at what is now the Red Lion public house in the High Street, they were summarily executed outside the Bargate. The city walls include God's House Tower, built in 1417, the first purpose-built artillery fortification in England.
Over the years it has been used as home to the city's gunner, the Town Gaol and as storage for the Southampton Harbour Board. Until September 2011, it housed the Museum of Archaeology; the walls were completed in the 15th century, but development of several new fortifications along Southampton Water and the Solent by Henry VIII meant that Southampton was no longer dependent upon its fortifications. During the Middle Ages, shipbuilding had become an important industry for the town. Henry V's famous warship HMS Grace Dieu was built in Southampton and launched in 1418; the friars passed on ownership of the water supply system itself to the town in 1420. On the other hand, many of the medieval buildings once situated within the town walls are now in ruins or have disappeared altogether. From successive incarnations of the motte and bailey castle, only a section of the bailey wall remains today, lying just off Castle Way; the friary was dissolved in 1538 but its ruins remained until they were swept away in the 1940s.
The port was the point of departure for the Pilgrim Fathers aboard Mayflower in 1620. In 1642, during the English Civil War, a Parliamentary gar
Wightlink is a ferry company operating routes between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in southern England. The core routes are car ferries between Lymington and Yarmouth and between Portsmouth and Fishbourne. A fast passenger-only catamaran operates between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier Head, taking 22 minutes, directly links with the Island Line rail line. In recent years the firm has been owned by the Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund sold to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners in 2015, but as of 2019 is owned by Basalt Infrastructure Partners. Wightlink's main competitors are Red Funnel, who run passenger catamarans between Southampton – Cowes and vehicle ferries between Southampton – East Cowes, Hovertravel who operate passenger hovercraft between Southsea and Ryde. Wightlink and its forerunners have provided ferry services to and from the Isle of Wight for more than 160 years. In the early 19th century, ferries ran to the island from Portsmouth. Steam ferries operated a circular route around Lymington, Cowes and Portsmouth.
When the rail companies became involved they concentrated on two direct routes, Lymington – Yarmouth and Portsmouth – Ryde. Ownership of the ferries passed from the British Railways Board to Sealink UK Limited. In 1984 Sealink UK Limited was denationalised and the operating name became Sealink British Ferries, subsequently bought by the Bermuda based Sea Containers Ltd; when Stena Line bought Sealink in 1990, the Isle of Wight ferries remained with Sea Containers, as Wightlink. In June 1995 Wightlink was the subject of a management buy-in. In 2005 it was bought by the Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund for an estimated £240,000,000. In 2004, Wightlink renewed its sponsorship of the Wightlink Raiders ice hockey team. In 2005, a Wightlink car ferry featured in the film Fragile, starring Calista Flockhart; the ferry is shown briefly in a wide-angle shot. Closer shots used Red Funnel's Red Osprey. In October 2006 Wightlink announced its intention to build two new ferries for the Yarmouth to Lymington route.
These ships are bigger than their predecessors, with extra vehicle space, but only accommodate 360 passengers compared to 500 on the older vessels. Wightlink announced that a third new ferry would enter service in spring 2009. A dispute with some Lymington residents threatened the viability of the route. In November 2008, the service was reduced so only two ships were required, allowing for the delay in the introduction of the new vessels. Sea trials were not complete by November 2008 and introduction became pressing with the expiry of safety certificates on the previous fleet. Wightlink proposed interim arrangements enabling them restricted use of the new ferries until the trials could be completed in full. In March 2008 Wightlink revealed that an order had been placed with FBMA Marine to construct two new passenger catamarans for the Portsmouth to Ryde service, to replace the three craft employed, they entered service in 2009. From May 2008 Wightlink introduced a fuel surcharge on all crossings, linked to the price of Brent Crude oil.
However, in November 2008 the surcharge dropped to zero following the sharp reduction in crude prices during the credit crunch and as of November 2009 was still at zero. Wightlink planned to spend £17.5 million on improving its Portsmouth to Fishbourne route. This involved remodelling the terminal facilities at both Portsmouth; the flagship St Clare was to have its upper car deck adjusted so vehicles access it directly from on-shore ramps. Two of the older ferries were to be stretched in length by 12 metres, with upper car decks similar to St Clare's being added, replacing movable mezzanine decks. Of the remaining two ferries, St Catherine has been sold and St Helen was used for freight until she too was sold; as part of this investment project the reservations and ticketing system was replaced by CarRes from Carus. On 16 February 2015, Wightlink was sold by the Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners for an undisclosed sum. On 15 May 2015, Wightlink announced a revised investment of £45 million to include the purchase a new ferry, upgrading St Clare and modifications to the terminals at both ends to facilitate double-deck loading.
In July 2016, Balfour Beatty exited BBIP, which became Basalt Infrastructure Partners, who as of April 2019 remain owners of the company. In August 2017, Wightlink announced that its new vehicle ferry Victoria of Wight for the Portsmouth to Fishbourne service would enter service in late July or early August 2018; the new ship entered service on 26 August. The introduction of the Wight class ferries was a much discussed affair, with some Lymington residents claiming that the increased size of the ferries posed a risk, both in environmental terms and to users of pleasure craft on the Lymington river; the following ferries have operated on routes run by Wightlink or previous companies that have been absorbed by Wightlink. Every year, Wightlink carries: 4.8 million passengers over 1.2 million cars 200,000 coaches and freight vehicles annual revenue of £51 million Official website Wightlink companies grouped at OpenCorporates
A cable ferry is a ferry, guided across a river or large body of water by cables connected to both shores. Early cable ferries used either rope or steel chains, with the latter resulting in the alternate name of chain ferry. Both of these were replaced by wire cable by the late 19th century. There are three types of cable ferry: the reaction ferry, which uses the power of the river to tack across the current. Powered cable ferries use powered cogs or drums on board the vessel to pull itself along by the cables; the cables or chains have a considerable amount of slack built into them, in order to sink below the surface as the ferry moves away, allowing other vessels to pass without becoming grounded, snared or trapped. Where a ferry carries both passengers and vehicles the car deck occupies the centre and two passenger areas are at the sides, over the tunnels for the chains and the engines; as the ferry cannot steer, a ramp is built at both ends and there is a set of controls facing in either direction.
Cable ferries are common where there is little other water-borne traffic that could get snagged in the cable or chains, where the water may be too shallow for other options, or where the river current is too strong to permit the safe crossing of a ferry not attached to the shore. Alignment of the platform at each end of the journey is automatic and for vehicle ferries, safer than a free-moving ferry might be in bad conditions. A special type are electrically powered overhead-wire ferries like Straussee Ferry, which have an onboard propulsion unit and can float free, but are connected to the overhead wire for power supply, using an electrical cable that slides along the wire as the ferry moves. Cable ferries have been used to cross rivers and similar bodies of water since before recorded history. Examples of ferry routes using this technology date back to the 13th century. In the early 1900s a cable ferry designed by Canadian engineer William Pitt was installed on the Kennebecasis River near Saint John, New Brunswick in Canada.
There are now eight cable ferries along the Saint John River system in southern New Brunswick. In Canada a cable ferry is proposed to transport automobiles across the Ottawa River in Ontario. There are several in British Columbia: two on the Fraser, one at Lytton, one at Big Bar, three on Arrow Lakes. A suspended cable ferry worked until the 1980s in Boston Bar. A small seasonal reaction ferry carries cars across the Rivière des Prairies from Laval, Quebec to Île Bizard. Cable ferries were prominent in early transportation in the Sacramento Delta of California. Dozens of cable ferries operated on the Columbia River in the US northwest, most have been rendered obsolete by bridges. A suspended cable ferry for railway cars crossed the American River in Northern California. Most of the road crossings of the Murray River in South Australia are cable ferries operated by the state government using diesel engines; the platforms at the ends can be moved down according to the water level. At one time, cable ferries were a primary means of automobile transportation in New South Wales in Australia.
In Tasmania, for a century before 1934, the Risdon Punt at Hobart was the only fixed method of crossing the Derwent River within Hobart city limits. In the fishing village of Tai O on Lantau Island, Hong Kong, the Tai O Ferry crossed the Tai O River before a bascule bridge was built; the largest and busiest cable ferry is the Torpoint Ferry in England. It was first converted to cable operation in 1831 and operates 3 ferries, carrying 8000 vehicles per day; the earliest punts were owned by local landowners, charged a toll. As governments started to build roads, they started to operate punts as required. Private punts might be made to impose more standard tolls. Mannam punt torn by broken cable, cast adrift. Blanchetown punt out of use due to low water level in river. Duplicated punts can be provided. Twin ferries allow one to operate. Current cable ferry routes include: Butrint Ferry, across the Vivari Channel near Butrint Berowra Waters Ferry, at Berowra Waters in New South Wales Blanchetown Punt Cadell Ferry, across the Murray River at Cadell, South Australia Daintree River Ferry, across the Daintree River in Queensland Hibbard Ferry, across the Hastings River near Port Macquarie, New South Wales Lawrence Ferry, across the Clarence River in New South Wales Lower Portland Ferry, across the Hawkesbury River near the village of Lower Portland, New South Wales Lyrup Ferry, across the Murray River at Lyrup, South Australia Mannum Ferry, across the Murray River at Mannum, South Australia Moggill Ferry, across the Brisbane River near Ipswich, Queensland Morgan Ferry, across the Murray River in Morgan, South Australia Mortlake Ferry, across the Parramatta River in Sydney, New South Wales Narrung Ferry, across the Murray River at Narrung, South Australia Noosa River Ferry, across the Noosa River in Queensland Purnong Ferry, across the Murray River in Purnong, South Australia Raymond Island Ferry, chain ferry from Paynesville to Raymond Island in Victoria Sackville Ferry, across the Hawkesbury River near the village of Sackville, New South Wales Settlement Point Ferry, across the Hastings River near
Ryde Transport Interchange
Ryde Transport Interchange or Gateway serves the town of Ryde, Isle of Wight, England. The interchange consists of Ryde Esplanade railway station on the Island Line, the connected bus station and taxi ranks, the nearby Hoverport; the existing facilities were due to be rebuilt from October 2007. Due to financial difficulties and contract checking, it looked like the project might not proceed. From late November 2008 to October 2009 it appeared that the project was back on track, with work expected to take place, albeit about 18 months than planned, however, in October it was announced that due to increasing costs and difficulties with the ownership of land with Network Rail that the scheme again looked as though it would be abandoned as money could be more spent on making immediate improvements to Ryde Esplanade. On 13 October, the Council's cabinet voted to close the scheme. Ryde Esplanade station is unique on the island in being built both on land and over sea, as the northwestern part is part of Ryde Pier, while the southeastern part is on the shore.
There are two platform faces. Trains serve the station on their way between Shanklin. Ryde bus station is located on the railway station forecourt, it forms the only purpose-built bus/rail interchange on the Island; the bus station is on long term lease to Southern Vectis from Network Rail. In December 2007, Southern Vectis moved staff facilities and passenger information out of the station to the Esplanade; this is where buses were due to stop while the interchange was being rebuilt, however this was removed and buses remained using the main bus station when work was put on hold. On 2 April 2009 all bus services were temporarily moved across the road for Southern Vectis staff to repaint the bus station in their two-tone green colour scheme to improve its appearance for the Summer season; the bus station is of the saw-tooth design, where buses drive nose in to the stand and reverse back off. It is the only bus station on the island, to this design. Buses enter the station from the eastbound side of the esplanade, the bus stands are in front of them.
On the left are two spaces where buses reverse in to lay over between duties. There are eight stands, lettered A—H. In front of the stands is a sheltered waiting area. On the left, it is large and houses the entrance to the railway station, with bus information available in racks and displayed on the walls; the roof gets smaller the further along to the right of the bus station it goes, there is no roof for the last couple of stands. On the far side from the entrance, beside the bridge to the hoverport, there are an additional two places where buses lay over; when buses exit the bus station from their stands, they pass the spaces and leave at this end, back onto the eastbound Esplanade. Due to the central reservation, buses have to continue along the road and turn around on a roundabout to come back and go up George Street; the bus station is busy, until 19/20 December 2009 there was only one stand for route 9. When two arrived at the same time, one went to the other side of the bus station on another stand, reversed all the way back along when the stand became free.
Without a condition to use the hazard warning lights when reversing, this was sometimes quite hazardous. Over the weekend on 19/20 December, with the new Southern Vectis timetable, the stands were rearranged. Route 9 gained two stands, one for the Staplers leg, the other for Fairlee, routes 2 and 3 were given a stand each. Adjacent to the station is the Hovertravel hovercraft terminal, although at present the connection involves a footbridge over the railway. There are taxi ranks outside the Bus Station; the entire interchange complex is due to be rebuilt, was due to start in 2008, to upgrade the facilities and replace some of the existing ageing buildings. However, the plans have stalled and since the original proposals were accepted, construction prices have risen, meaning that the plans may be shelved or scaled down if additional funds cannot be raised. Island Line – The railway line. Southern Vectis – The Isle of Wight's dominant bus company. "Ryde Bus Map". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
– shows rail service but not services run by Wightbus. Train times and station information for Ryde Transport Interchange from National Rail