Island Line: KILF respond to DfT consultation

The comprehensive response by the group campaigning to keep Island Line in the south western franchise has been submitted to the Department for Transport.

Island line train

The Keep Island Line in Franchise (KILF) Group have submitted their official response to the Department for Transport (DfT) public consultation on the south western train franchise which includes Island Line.

Their 19 page response details their concerns about the future of Island Line including including running costs and lease arrangements and comprehensively responds to the consultation questions.

“A separate and self-sustaining business”
The DfT’s proposal, which they assured residents at the public meeting in December was not set in stone, suggested,

“The next operator will be required to work with the council, community and stakeholders to develop plans to turn the Island Line, which serves the Isle of Wight, into a separate and self-sustaining business during the life of the next franchise.”

Much of the legal input to the submission was contributed by Warren Drew, who lives in Lake and regularly uses Island Line, as he works in the City.

KILF’s response
Read their KILF response in full. See larger version by clicking on the full screen icon.

Also embedded below is written confirmation from South West Trains on running costs and lease arrangements (very interesting reading), as well as the public consultation presentation by the DfT.

Read the Garnett Report.

Image: calflier001 under CC BY 2.0

Wednesday, 10th February, 2016 9:47am



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3 Comments on "Island Line: KILF respond to DfT consultation"

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That took a bit of reading.

A well thought out response from KILF.

I support the views of KILF, however I think that the government has already made it’s decision based on the biased figures supplied in previous articles.

Good luck with that.

Colin I feel Islandline will be included in the SWT franchise and will continue to be, but there will be no investment, just a make do attitude to keep it running. The government will not tell ( even though I believe they can, being the franchisee holders ) the future winners of the franchise to invest, and neither will any investment by the future winners be made… Read more »
Neil Palmer

Ignoring several typos, a very well thought through and detailed response from KILF. Let’s hope DfT pays attention to this before the ITT is issued.