Have your say on plans for network of bus-priority routes

Isle of Wight Council are working together with Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council on a network of bus-priority routes and want to hear your views on the plans.

Back of the bus

A new travel survey has been launched to help local authorities put together a plan to boost travel time in the south east of Hampshire and attract potential funding from a government pot of more than £1bn.

Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire County Council and the Isle of Wight Council are working together on a network of bus-priority routes, known as the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit, as well as other transport improvement measures such as traffic lights that give priority to buses and improved bus stops.

Ambitious plans
Co-chairwoman of the rapid transport board and Portsmouth’s traffic boss, Councillor Lynne Stagg, said:

“Our plans are ambitious so it is absolutely imperative that the new rapid transit system meets the needs of the people who will use it.”

Responses from the survey, which runs until 13th October, will influence the strategic outline business case that will be submitted to the Department for Transport in order to get a portion of the billion-pound transforming cities fund.

Share your views
Cllr Rob Humby, transport chief at Hampshire County Council, added:

“Good transport infrastructure is vital to the economic prosperity of any area, and capital investment to improve transport options for all those who commute every day can have a huge and positive impact on quality of life.

“We’re really keen to hear from people about what they think of these proposals to improve public transport, air quality and congestion in the areas where they live and work.”

To take the survey visit the Website . The survey closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, 13 October 2019.

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Unless I did something wrong, the only bit of the survey applicable to the Island was Ryde.

Good luck with Rapid Transport on the Island. Given the ever increasing number of cars, I’m not sure rapid applies here. Perhaps a bus lane from Newport to Ryde would help. Maybe not, then…


I think we are lucky with Southern Vectis – a truly reliable service.

Saying that though it would be nice if it was possible to get a bus along Forest Road, Newport to get to Forest View Garden Nursery and Cafe. Major road with NO bus service!


We need to lower the volume of cars on the road by making public transport more affordable, providing an incentive to take the bus. Southern Vectis have the monopoly on this on the Island and bus fares are ridiculously high. We should be receiving government subsidies for public transport: it’s wrong to have a public service being run for profits.

Not really relevant for us because it’s about rapid transit in Hampshire – we’re only included because of Ryde, where we already have good links between bus, train and ferry. But I have said in the survey that ‘it is insane and immoral that governments want to spend billions on damaging and pointless vanity projects like expanding airports, widening motorways, and HS2, while thousands of bus stops… Read more »