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.

Dave Forrester named among country’s top drivers in UK Bus Awards


Singled out for his professionalism, excellent customer service and amiable personality, the popular Isle of Wight bus driver also scored highly for his adaptable and flexible work ethic.

Friday, 7th October, 2016 7:11am

By Paula Good with 5 readers' comments

Here’s how the buses are changing for late-night Newport

Following a number of serious assaults in Newport Town Centre, members of the Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership have been working together to finalise new arrangements for late night buses and taxis in the town centre.

Thursday, 6th October, 2016 4:03pm

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

New head honcho at bus company


As Matt Kitchin waves goodbye and heads to Manchester, Richard Tyldsley heads to the Isle of Wight to take over the General Manager role at Southern Vectis and Bluestar.

Friday, 30th September, 2016 3:13pm

By Paula Good with one comment

Southern Vectis announces winter changes to their bus service

Island Buses:

If you are a bus user be sure to make a note of the winter timetable changes, including major changes to route 1 by Southern Vectis.

Friday, 16th September, 2016 9:20am

By Paula Good

St Helens Fort Walk: Important things you should know (Update 4)

St Helens Fort Walk 2014 by Char Ripley

If you are planning to 'do the fort walk' this year, OnTheWight has gathered several things you should consider beforehand to makes the most of the event - including safety.

Wednesday, 17th August, 2016 6:56pm

By Sally Perry with 38 readers' comments

Vandals slash seats on new buses: CCTV being studied

Island Buses:

Vandals who caused £200 worth of damage to new buses by slashing seats could be receiving a knock on the door from police as they study in-bus CCTV.

Wednesday, 27th July, 2016 12:08pm

By Paula Good with 14 readers' comments

Southern Vectis boss to leave Isle of Wight for Manchester

Matt Kitchin:

Matt will be leaving in October to take up a post on Manchester, the operator’s largest UK bus subsidiary outside of London, after working hard to build an excellent reputation for himself on the Island.

Monday, 18th July, 2016 12:56pm

By Paula Good

50% rise in cost of school bus ‘spare seats’

vectis blue school bus

The £63 per term cost for a spare seat on Isle of Wight school buses has remained the same for six years. From September it will increase to £95.

Wednesday, 29th June, 2016 3:35pm

By IW Council Press Office

Going to Isle of Wight Festival? Leave the car at home and take the bus

festival bottoms

If you're planning to visit the Isle of Wight Festival over the weekend, leave the car at home and travel by bus. Southern Vectis will be running special services from the Festival site to all major towns.

Wednesday, 8th June, 2016 1:18pm

By Feature Writer

Cheaper way for Young People to travel on Isle of Wight buses launched

The Key Card - Southern Vectis

Up until now Young People on the Island have only been able to buy bundles of tickets to use day after day. That's now all changed. Here's how to apply.

Tuesday, 17th May, 2016 11:23am

By Paula Good

Man and puppy kicked off bus after doing Walk the Wight (updated)

sandford man and dog

Details emerge of a man and his one year old puppy who were reportedly kicked off a Southern Vectis bus on Sunday afternoon. The bus company say they are investigating the incident.

Monday, 16th May, 2016 10:39am

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

School bus fire in Ventnor

bus fire

Fire service have been called to a school bus fire in Ventnor today. Luckily there were no passengers on board.

Thursday, 14th April, 2016 10:53am

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments