After cross-training as a journalist 10+ years ago, Simon has been living and breathing news ever since. He would love to see more of the beautiful Island he lives on, but spends far too much time relaying the news of the Isle of Wight to the Islanders.

Wightlink ferry timetables 2020 are now in effect

Wightlink ferry in Portsmouth Harbour

Wightlink ferry timetables can be pretty hard to find quickly, so we’ve gathered them all here in one place. Worth bookmarking for when you need the info quickly

Wednesday, 8th January, 2020 5:51pm

By Simon Perry

UK car YouTuber, Living Life Fast, selects Isle of Wight for first driving trip (Video)

Live Life Fast drivers on the IW ferry

OnTheWight chatted with Ricky to find out why he chose the Island and which were his posse’s favourite roads - and why they’ll be back.

Thursday, 14th November, 2019 6:33pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Red Funnel’s ex-First Officer sentenced for child sex offence

Matthew Parker - Red-Funnel

The Red Funnel ex-First Officer was today sentenced, after pleading guilty to a child sex offence. Full details inside

Thursday, 7th November, 2019 4:50pm

By Simon Perry with 4 readers' comments

Dramatic photos show men battling through gale to secure pier and equipment

Men working on Totland Pier in the storm

As the winds were whipping around this morning, these photos by Richard Cattle show two men trying to secure the equipment and newly-relaid pier decking

Saturday, 2nd November, 2019 1:28pm

By Simon Perry

Isle of Wight council refuse to clear up PSPO dog walking confusion now – Public has to wait

dog on lead by Brady Wakely on unsplash

OnTheWight's goal was simple, to help the public understand what's changing for dog walkers. Isle of Wight council's reply shows they don't currently share that goal

Tuesday, 29th October, 2019 6:56pm

By Simon Perry with 11 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP gives his reaction to EU Brexit ‘Flextension’ beyond 31st October

typewriter with flextension typed on paper

OnTheWight asked the Isle of Wight MP for his reaction to the extension of the Brexit deadline beyond 31st October. Here's his response

Tuesday, 29th October, 2019 11:23am

By Simon Perry with 9 readers' comments

New Isle of Wight Milk: A look around the facilities and all you need to know (video)

Carton of Isle of Wight being held outside briddlesford farm

Here’s the description (with pictures) of our tour around the facility, explaining the considerable bravery this has taken and details of what you’re supporting when you buy the new Isle of Wight Milk.

Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019 6:51pm

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

Red Funnel switching to Winter timetable three weeks early

red funnel VOITH removed

Three days of reduced service then straight into Winter timetable

Friday, 11th October, 2019 6:10pm

By Simon Perry

Video: See inside what Camp Hill prison looks like now

shot from the video of inside camp hill looking along the corridors - video by abandoned isle of wight

In what must be their most ambitious adventure, Abandoned Isle of Wight have gained entry and shot a video inside Camp Hill prison.

Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019 8:20am

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

St Mary’s Roundabout roadworks: 3.5 mile diversion through small streets for five weeks

st marys roundabout map

It’s been revealed that the Isle of Wight council will be forcing drivers around a 3.5 mile diversion through Coppins Bridge, past other congested areas and small streets in Newport for at least five weeks. (This is only the first part of the year and a quarter work on St Mary’s roundabout.) Here are the details.

Friday, 27th September, 2019 12:02pm

By Simon Perry with 4 readers' comments

Rollout schedule for new Island Line trains, enhancements and what we can expect

Island Line Infrastructure Upgrade graphic

If you’re asking - When will the first new train arrive? The free station WiFi start? The last 1938 train run? The half-hour service start? OnTheWight has answers for you.

Tuesday, 17th September, 2019 11:40am

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

First look at new Island Line train interior (HD computer rendering)

Slice of SWR Island Line Interiors

It’s all change for the new upcoming Island Line trains. OnTheWight has secured a first glimpse at what the interiors will look like and detail their new facilities and passenger capacity.

Tuesday, 17th September, 2019 8:45am

By Simon Perry with 4 readers' comments