Niton Undercliff is to get its bus service back

Well done to Jon Young who, through OnTheWight, pushed for a reinstatement of the bus service to Niton Undercliff.

Niton loop cropped - Google streetview

After three weeks with no buses after the service was pulled due to the closure of the through route to Ventnor, a service from Niton village to and from the Buddle Inn will restart next Monday (25th November).

Niton and Whitwell Parish Council wrote to Southern Vectis more than a month ago, flagging up the problems for bus users after Island Roads announced the six-month closure of Undercliff Drive for ground stabilisation work. As reported by OnTheWight, all No. 6 buses were to be diverted via Whitwell, leaving St Lawrence, as well as Niton Undercliff, marooned.

All clear after tree survey
Now, after a tree safety survey and talks with the Isle of Wight Council, which helps to fund the route, it has been agreed that all buses which previously served Undercliff Drive will make a diversion from Niton village via Niton Baptist Church, Undercliff Garage and a loop on St Catherine’s Road and Sandrock Road, via the Buddle Inn, returning to Niton village and then continuing via Whitwell to Ventnor. The existing school bus stops on the loop will be served, and a revised timetable is to be published shortly.

Next week’s start date depends on approval of a fast-track application to the Traffic Commissioners for permission to vary the route. Southern Vectis general manager Matt Kitchin today told the parish council he is hopeful that this can be secured this week.

Service for St Lawrence
Ventnor Town Council has already arranged with the private operator of the No. 31 Ventnor local service for the route to be extended to Spindlers Road, St Lawrence, during the road closure, which is scheduled to last until 30th April 2014.

Image: © Google Streetview

Monday, 18th November, 2013 11:48am

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4 Comments on "Niton Undercliff is to get its bus service back"

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steve s

This is a good example of how collaboration between IWC, Town and Parish Councils and local residents can deliver outcomes which benefit our communities. Long may this spirit of co-operation continue!

Stephen

Could SV say whether the Traffic Commissioners’ permission is required for all route diversions for all highways work or just been the work takes an extended time including the six months reported here.

Robert Jones

Sounds as if my old legs will be spared after all; it IS a bit of a struggle to get all the way down to the village at times; especially when it’s pouring with rain. So! SVOC and Niton and Whitwell Parish Council back on my Christmas list….

robsuk

Well done the IoW council for coming forward and PAYING Southern Vectis to run a service. And Southern Vectis YOU get a raspberry for being so MEAN for taking the service OFF and isolating the villages in the first place with ALL the money YOU make.