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.

New Isle of Wight ASDA bus stop will affect bus journey times

ASDA and blue sky

Buses will revert to their Winter Timetable early next month, but three routes are due to be affected by the introduction of a new stop at ASDA in Newport from Monday.

Friday, 18th August, 2017 5:17pm

By Sally Perry

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

Almost every corner of the Isle of Wight features in music video

swan levitt - southern vectis bus

The official music video for Swan Levitt's latest single was shot entirely on his phone camera over three days and features many parts of the Isle of Wight. See if you can spot yourself.

Wednesday, 29th March, 2017 4:35pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Bus driver of the year now celebrates employee of the year too

Dave Forrester Vect and GSC winner

We'll be seeing Southern Vectis' best employee for two weeks less in the coming year, after he wins an extra 14 days holiday for being chosen as Employee of the Year. Well done Dave!

Wednesday, 8th March, 2017 10:20am

By Paula Good with one comment

Talks between villages and bus company break down

Southern Vectis Bus

Town and parish councils were left dismayed after talks with Southern Vectis about reinstating the hourly summer timetable on the number six route break down.

Friday, 10th February, 2017 6:55am

By Jon Young with 6 readers' comments

Southern Vectis to now consult with town and parish councils over changes to service

Dave Stewart

The Leader has met with Southern Vectis and obtained an assurance they would now consult with town and parish councils.

Friday, 3rd February, 2017 7:00am

By Chris Whitehouse with 4 readers' comments

Rural bus service first in decades to operate without IWC funding say Southern Vectis

Southern Vectis Bus

Southern Vectis say this is the first time in decades that a bus service for the rural communities they serve has been operated without local authority funding and that the current timetable for route 6 is run entirely on a commercial basis.

Thursday, 2nd February, 2017 6:19pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council challenges bus company on service reduction

Single decker southern vectis bus by eastleightbusman

Leader of the council says that Southern Vectis should have widely consulted before switching the Route 6 bus to winter timetable all year round.

Wednesday, 1st February, 2017 3:23pm

By IW Council Press Office with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight bus driver named best in the country at UK Bus ‘Oscars’


Hurrah! Southern Vectis bus driver, Dave Forrester, has been crowned the 'Top national driver' today.

Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016 4:40pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Simulation suits for bus drivers to better understand challenges

southern vectis driver

Working with Age UK, Southern Vectis drivers have donned simulation suits to better understand the challenges faced by elderly customers.

Friday, 21st October, 2016 7:48am

By Paula Good with 7 readers' comments

Volunteers recognised in the Celebrating Age Awards

celebrating age awards

The second Celebrating Age Awards recognised the achievements of the older generation in the voluntary sector.

Wednesday, 12th October, 2016 8:36am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood