Isle of Wight council chooses not to have greater control over Island bus services

Isle of Wight Council has chosen not to have greater control over the bus services on the Island, despite the Minister urging it.

Island Buses:

The Isle of Wight Council has no plans to seek greater control of bus services on the Island — despite the urging of the bus Minister.

As reported by OnTheWight last month, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, Nusrat Ghani MP, has written to local authorities reminding them they have freedom to take control of the bus services.

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Despite being the biggest users of buses, 16 to 18 year olds are the least satisfied with the service, a survey found.

An Isle of Wight Council spokesperson said:

“The council is fully aware of its delegated powers under the Bus Services Act 2017 and is already doing most of what it allows.

“One of the most significant delegations is the power to franchise bus routes, but this is only available to regional transport authorities and mayoral combined authorities.

“Currently, the council has no plans to seek greater control of bus services on the Island.

“In respect of the claim Southern Vectis is overcharging, this is not a matter on which the council can comment but would be subject for investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority.

“Further to this, the council does not have any powers to influence commercial bus fares.”

This article is from the BBC’s LDRS (Local Democracy Reporter Service) scheme, which OnTheWight is taking part in. Some alterations and additions may be been made by OnTheWight. Ed

Image: © Southern Vectis

Tuesday, 4th June, 2019 5:10pm



Filed under: Bus, Island-wide, Isle of Wight News, LDRS, Top story

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3 Comments on "Isle of Wight council chooses not to have greater control over Island bus services"

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Benny C

Ok – so let’s see Dave Stewart refer Vectis to the CMA. Let’s debate that – I bet he won’t. Won’t want to upset his influential contacts on the Vectis Board ( you never know where your next job might come from). Let’s hope at least that Vectis do find Dinosaur Dave a role to get him away from his fumbling with Island affairs.

Mark L Francis

Also, how come you have to go everywhere via Newport ?

Southern Vectis operate a monopoly on the Isle of Wight. The result is both high fares and a poor network, with some places getting frequent services and others getting none. The IW Council’s policy of allowing Southern Vectis to do exactly what it wants is a complete failure. It discriminates against the elderly, the less well off and anyone who lives outside of the main towns. It… Read more »