Some of the Southern Vectis bus drivers are planning to take strike action tomorrow over a pay dispute, but the Island’s bus company is saying that “Most buses will be running during the strike on Thursday 3rd September.”
Four bus routes (1, 4, 5, 9) are marked as “Shuttle Service”, which we’re told means that they’ll be running them on a ‘best efforts’ basis, so the exact timetable will not be adhered to, meaning there may be some delay.
To counter the strike action, we understand that bus drivers from the mainland will be brought over and that some (qualified) officer managers may also be driving buses, which may have lead to Southern Vectis saying …
While we are currently expecting to operate all the above, we are expecting operating conditions to be difficult, and a proportion of our staff are not as familiar as usual with routes and stops. We may therefore suffer from delays and disruption.
School Buses / Coaches
Lots of schools will having their first day tomorrow, so many parents will be pleased to hear that the school buses will be operating normally.
Limited service on Open Top buses
According to their site, only the Sandown Bay, Needles and Downs Breezer Open Top buses with be operating a limited service –
not exactly a problem in the rainy weather like this – Sun back today!.
WightBus, run by the Isle of Wight Council, will be running a normal service.
Tomorrow there will be fixed pricing of £2.50 per bus journey.
Buses in detail
Route 1 – Shuttle Service
Route 2 – Normal Service
Route 3 – Normal Service
Route 4 – Shuttle Service
Route 5 – Shuttle Service
Route 6 – Normal Service
Route 7 – Normal Service
Route 8 – Normal Service
Route 9 – Shuttle Service
Route 10 – Normal Service
Route 11 – Normal Service
Route 12 – Normal Service (Haylands and Binstead)
Route 14 – Normal Service
Route 16 – Normal Service
Route 38 – Normal Service
The Sandown Bay Breezer Open Top – Limited Service
The Needles Breezer Open Top – Limited Service
The Downs Breezer Open Top – Limited Service
Island Coaster – Operating Normally
Shanklin Road Train – Operating Normally
Sandown Road Train – Operating Normally
Ryde Road Train – Operating Normally
School Buses / Coaches – Operating Normally for schools that are open