Southern Vectis

Southern Vectis are the dominant bus company on the Isle of Wight. They operate many routes across the Island.

Southern Vectis was formed in 1929 as the Vectis Bus Company. It was owned by large national concerns until 1970 when it was nationalised and became part of the state-owned National Bus Company.

In 1986, through a management buy-out the company became independent, but was bought by the Go-Ahead Group in July 2005.

Isle of Wight open top bus ride in Guardian’s UK Top Ten

Needles Breezer travelling along the edge of the coast

It's described as a vertigo-inducing climb and has made the top ten of best open-top rides in the UK.

Thursday, 22nd August, 2019 9:49am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Southern Vectis increase some fares by double the rate of inflation

Pound coins

Although some fares are being frozen, Freedom tickets and multi-day bundles are subject to increases from next month, some double the rate of inflation.

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 2:06pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Letter: Why has Southern Vectis refused £1 bus fare for day of climate change marches?

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Southern Vectis were asked to offer a reduced £1 bus fare on the day of Isle of Wight climate change marches in order to encourage residents to take the bus rather than drive to take part. According to this reader they refused.

Tuesday, 5th February, 2019 6:56pm

By Concerned Citizen with 4 readers' comments

Cheaper bus travel for Isle of Wight apprentices

Apprentice Jez conway

A project to promote work-based sustainable travel – has agreed deal with Southern Vectis to enable apprentices to benefit from an 80 per cent discount on 30-day, multi-day Key Card.

Tuesday, 29th January, 2019 3:15pm

By IW Council Press Office

Go South Coast scoop accolades at National Transport Awards

GSC National Transport Awards

MD, Andrew Wickham said, “This is fantastic recognition for the entire Go South Coast team - and not least all my colleagues at Southern Vectis here on the Isle of Wight."

Monday, 15th October, 2018 11:47am

By Paula Good

Isle of Wight bus routes voted among six of most scenic in country

the needles at sunset

In the first survey of its kind, Bus Users UK asked passengers to vote for their most spectacular routes - and the Isle of Wight operator, Southern Vectis, polled third in England for two of its routes.

Monday, 28th May, 2018 8:18am

By Paula Good with 2 readers' comments

Free bus travel for those taking part in Walk the Wight 2018

southern vectis new buses

Special shuttle buses will take people on regular trips from several locations on the Isle of Wight with free all day travel on any Southern Vectis route to all those with a walker number or WTW18 medal.

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 8:48am

By Paula Good

Newport bus station re-jig: New location of bus routes and some Stands re-lettered (Map)

New Newport Bus Station layout 2018

Do you use the bus station in Newport? Here are the details of the big ol' rejig Southern Vectis are doing of where buses leave from Newport bus station and re-lettering some of the Stands. A big map and details enclosed.

Wednesday, 14th March, 2018 8:52pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

Top award for 30+ years’ service and ‘heart and soul of the company’

dave parkes southern vectis award

Dave Parkes joined Southern Vectis on the YTS scheme in 1987 and is regarded by colleagues as the ‘heart and soul of the company’. He's now been awarded named 'employee of the year'.

Monday, 12th March, 2018 12:02pm

By Paula Good with 2 readers' comments

New management team at Southern Vectis

SV Ben Bartram and Simon Moye

The two new appointments come at a time of investment for the Isle of Wight bus operator - with a new fleet of vehicles due soon.

Tuesday, 13th February, 2018 12:21pm

By Paula Good

Southern Vectis parent company named UK Bus Operator of the Year

Some of the Go South Coast team.

Congratulations to Go South Coast, the parent company of Isle of Wight bus service, Southern Vectis, who have scooped major accolades in the highly-regarded UK Bus Awards.

Thursday, 23rd November, 2017 10:46am

By Paula Good with one comment

Wrens make special visit to Isle of Wight in run-up to Armistice Day

SV Poppy Wrens

Southern Vectis teamed up with Hovertravel to welcome a group from the Association of Wrens to the Island for a poppy event in the run-up to Armistice Day.

Monday, 30th October, 2017 11:45am

By Paula Good