Christopher Garnett

Christopher Garnett OBE is an independent transport expert who has agreed to help the Isle of Wight council on informing the Island’s collective response to DfT proposals for Island Line trains.

Mr Garnett is the chairman of the Transport Coordinating Committee for the Rugby World Cup 2015, was a board member of the Olympic Delivery Authority, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Great North Eastern Railways for ten years and a board member for Transport for London for six years.

Re-introduction of some Isle of Wight ferry services welcomed by council leader

Dave Stewart

The Isle of Wight council leader says the reinstatement of some ferries demonstrates confidence that the Island is re-opening and ready to welcome visitors back to support our local businesses

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 10:35am

By IW Council Press Office with 6 readers' comments

Red Jets to resume service from next week with limited capacity

Red Jet 7

CEO of Red Funnel says it is safe to travel on their ferries, as the Red Jet gets ready to resume next week

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 10:29am

By Enya Lumley

£1.5m per month support for Isle of Wight ferry companies until summer (updated)

fifty pound note

Just been announced that the Department for Transport has agreed to fund Isle of Wight ferry companies during April, May and June. Details within

Friday, 24th April, 2020 12:23pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Pro-Link supporters meet with Lord Adonis to discuss funding for Solent Tunnel feasibility study

carl feeney and lord adonis

Lord Adonis was Secretary of State for Transport from 2009 to 2010, and Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission from 2015 to 2017. He met recently with Pro-Link members to discuss the feasibility study.

Friday, 13th September, 2019 1:00am

By Carl Feeney with 18 readers' comments

Government responds to Isle of Wight petition calling for regulated ferry fares

Houses of parliament

Over 17,500 people have so far signed the petition calling on the Government to regulate ferry fares in the UK. The Government have responded. Read it here.

Thursday, 13th September, 2018 8:18am

By Sally Perry with 23 readers' comments

Isle of Wight discounted ferry fares: Divided views. Local politicians respond

ferry wash

Local politicians respond to the announcement that Isle of Wight ferry companies will offer discounts for those Islanders receiving housing benefit or council tax support.

Tuesday, 11th September, 2018 6:57pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

TITF report: Southern Vectis comes out well

Island Buses:

Southern Vectis have the monopoly on bus services on the Isle of Wight and having made a significant investment over recent years to is recognised "as one of the highest performing rural service providers”.

Wednesday, 26th July, 2017 12:31pm

By Sally Perry

Transport Infrastructure Task Force (TITF): Important Isle of Wight transport review published

county hall and chris garnett

A year-long study of the the Isle of Wight's transport infrastructure, including the train line, bus service, ferries, the Medina River link and more. OnTheWight has the details of the Task Force recommendations.

Wednesday, 26th July, 2017 11:09am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Long-anticipated Transport Infrastructure Task Force Report to be presented this week

Board room and Christopher Garnett

The Isle of Wight Transport Infrastructure Task Force will formally present its long anticipated report and recommendations to the Isle of Wight Council this week.

Monday, 24th July, 2017 11:40am

By IW Council Press Office

Island Line: Franchise decision delayed

Island line carriage

Those expecting to hear who's been awarded the South Western rail franchise - which includes Island Line - will have to wait an extra couple of months, after decision and implementation is delayed.

Thursday, 5th January, 2017 5:26pm

By Sally Perry with 19 readers' comments

Garnett to head new Isle of Wight Infrastructure Transport Task Force

Board room and Christopher Garnett

Christopher Garnett once again offers his services free of charge, to seek out and collate the views of stakeholders, and discuss with government the infrastructure needs of the Island.

Tuesday, 19th July, 2016 5:48pm

By IW Council Press Office with 17 readers' comments

Campaigners call on DfT to disregard Garnett’s Island Line recommendations

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The recommendations from the Garnet Report were rejected by Isle of Wight councillors in March so members of KILF are calling on the DfT will disregard Christopher Garnett's recommendation that Island Line is excluded from the wider rail franchise.

Wednesday, 20th April, 2016 8:07am

By Sally Perry with one comment