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.

Southern Vectis announces increase in Isle of Wight bus services

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Southern Vectis say they are responding to a rise in demand by re-introducing a number of services, and increasing the frequency of those they've have been running since lockdown began

Wednesday, 27th May, 2020 3:38pm

By Paula Good

Southern Vectis to reduce bus services

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SV also thank all of their customers for their patience and commend their front-line colleagues, pointing out that they are, "all doing a fantastic job in difficult circumstances"

Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 2:48pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight council extend Bus Pass support to allow older travellers to shop before 9.30am

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Some good news for the over 65s

Friday, 20th March, 2020 4:16pm

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council ‘actively reviewing’ start time of concessionary bus pass

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Many had raised the issue of older residents not being about to use their concessionary bus pass before 9.30 to shop during priority times at supermarkets

Thursday, 19th March, 2020 6:45pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

What Coronavirus cleaning routines are SouthernVectis, Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel carrying out?

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Lots of us have to use the buses/ferries/hover. OnTheWight asked them seven questions about their post-Coronavirus cleaning routines, to seek reassurance for Islanders. All provided detailed answers … except Wightlink

Tuesday, 17th March, 2020 7:58pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Tweet by MP claiming cuts to bus route refuted by Southern Vectis boss

Bob Seely - Writing his acceptance speech?

The bus company boss refuted the claims almost immediately on Twitter, but the Isle of Wight MP's Tweet remains live

Friday, 31st January, 2020 3:23pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Hear latest on buses, trains and road travel from Isle of Wight Bus and Rail Users’ Group meeting

Back of the bus

If you are a bus, rail or road user, this comprehensive report from the recent meeting of the Bus and Rail Users' Group should be of interest

Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020 1:52pm

By Stuart George with 8 readers' comments

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

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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

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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

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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

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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