Garnett Report

In October 2015, the Isle of Wight council appointed transport expert, Christopher Garnett, to help inform the Island’s collective response to the Department for Transport consultation (which closes on 9th February) on the future of Island Line as part of the next south western rail franchise.

His report was published on Friday 5th February 2016.

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

Island Line: Tramway advisor challenges heavy rail preference


An independant advisor from the Isle of Wight Tramway Co challenges comments made in a critique of the Garnett Report on the future of Island Line.

Wednesday, 16th March, 2016 12:45pm

By Sally Perry with 20 readers' comments

Transport users group ‘strongly disagrees’ with Garnett’s franchise recommendation

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The Isle of Wight Bus and Rail Users Group have written to all councillors to say they strongly disagree with the recommendation of the Garnett Report to remove Island Line from the wider South Western Franchise.

Tuesday, 15th March, 2016 2:44pm

By Andy Morris

Question on validity of Garnett Report leads to calls from Cllr to not endorse it

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A technical analysis of the council-commissioned Garnett Report on Island Line's future has been sent to all councillors ahead of next week’s Full Council meeting. It picks apart the report, calling into question ‘the validity of the analysis provided’.

Thursday, 10th March, 2016 5:39pm

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

Garnett Report: MP responds

Andrew Turner at House of Commons - 11 Jan 2016

It's the MP's turn to have his say in the hotly-anticipated Garnett Report on the future of Island Line.

Friday, 5th February, 2016 4:00pm

By Andrew Turner's Office with 8 readers' comments

KILF response to Garnett report: Some welcome, some disagreement

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The group set up to save Island Line, KILF, has responded to the release of the Garnett Island Line report, raising interesting points.

Friday, 5th February, 2016 10:24am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Hotly-anticipated Island Line Garnett report revealed (updated)

island line sign by curns with christopher garnett

The transport expert has spent four months gathering information and speaking to stakeholders to help inform the council's response to the DfT consultation on the future of Island Line trains.

Friday, 5th February, 2016 8:27am

By Sally Perry with 20 readers' comments

In advance of the Garnett Island Line report KILF layout their stall

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Christopher Garnett's report, commissioned by the council, is due to land tomorrow. In advance, KILF run through the overview as they see it, asking people to act to save their Isle of Wight's trainline.

Thursday, 4th February, 2016 11:21am

By Chris Quirk with one comment

Island Line: Parliamentary debate ‘a wasted opportunity’ says KILF

andrew turner

Isle of Wight Conservative MP Andrew Turner is of leaving the door open - in his Commons speech - for the "untested alternative that he has championed".

Thursday, 22nd October, 2015 12:51pm

By Chris Quirk with 15 readers' comments

Council leader says questions over transport expert are ‘mischief’ making

Island line carriage

As Chris Garnett and Nick Finney know each other from years gone by, questions have been raised. The leader of the council describe these as a "desire to make mischief to unclear ends".

Wednesday, 21st October, 2015 7:17pm

By Sally Perry with 26 readers' comments

Future of Island Line touched on during commons rail debate

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If you missed the live debate, you can read the transcript from Andrew Turner's speech and excerpts of the minister's response.

Wednesday, 21st October, 2015 4:16pm

By Andrew Turner's Office with 11 readers' comments

Island Line: Snub-claimed rail journalist’s response to Nick Finney

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As a follow up to last night's email from Nick Finney to the railway journalist Phil Marsh over a cancelled interview of last week, Phil responds to points Nick raised. Phil concludes by reposing three questions he says are important to be answered.

Tuesday, 20th October, 2015 10:00pm

By Phillip Marsh with 20 readers' comments