Isle of Wight travel

Our Travel section is the place to check for fast and accurate travel updates from all the ferry companies, bus, train and hovercraft operator.

In this section, we’ll also let you know about road closures and diversions.

Below are articles relating to Isle of Wight travel.

Cabinet push ahead with plans to charge for parking in Gurnard

Gurnard sea front - Google Maps

Despite strong objections and pleas from businesses and beach hut owners, the Cabinet pushed ahead with plans to introduce parking fees for Princes Esplanade in Gurnard

Friday, 15th January, 2021 11:20am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

£6.5m extra public money for Isle of Wight ferry companies to keep them running in Lockdown #3 (updated)

Red Funnel and Wightlink ferries and the Hovercraft

The Government are stepping in to give the cross-Solent operators an extra £6.5m to keep them running during Lockdown #3

Friday, 15th January, 2021 12:01am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Wightlink join Red Funnel by closing their cafes to passengers

graces bakery on wightlink ferry

Red Funnel stopped selling food and drinks on board their ferries last year, but Wightlink had continued to keep theirs open, until now

Thursday, 14th January, 2021 5:14pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

How much public money did each ferry company get in Lockdown #1? FOI finally answered

fifty pound notes

For months News OnTheWight’shas been pursuing the release of this info. Today our FOI-blocking challenge has been accepted

Thursday, 14th January, 2021 4:32pm

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

Here’s what happens with the No. 3 during major road closure

Bus Stop at The Needles Old Battery

The road between Whiteley Bank and Upper Ventnor will be closed for two+ months from next week - if you use the buses, make sure you know about diversions and which stops are not being served

Thursday, 14th January, 2021 11:16am

By Paula Good with one comment

Rubbish collection continues while major roads closed for over two months

Road closed sign source

The road from Ventnor to Whiteley Bank will be closed for over two months as major gas works take place

Thursday, 14th January, 2021 10:57am

By IW Council Press Office

Vote for your Covid heroes and see them on the side of Isle of Wight buses

Southern Vectis bus in St James's Square

Southern Vectis are inviting nominations from within the Isle of Wight community, for someone who deserves to be named as a Covid Hero - for all to see - on one of their buses

Thursday, 14th January, 2021 9:07am

By Paula Good with 5 readers' comments

Floating Bridge out of service later this morning for more repairs

Floating Bridge and suspended sign at East Cowes

If you are having to cross the River Medina later this morning be aware of the service suspension. Details within

Thursday, 14th January, 2021 7:53am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Parking charges on Gurnard seafront: Council officers recommend plans be approved this week

Gurnard sea front - Google Maps

Council officers are recommending the new parking charges are approved by the Cabinet, adding that there were 467 objections received, but 60,000 registered vehicles on the Isle of Wight

Tuesday, 12th January, 2021 10:43am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Bob Seely’s ferry proposal is pretty radical: Here’s why

Ferry car deck

They’re radical. If passed the MP’s ferry proposals (Nationalisation, anyone?) would have a major impact on the Isle of Wight ferries … and prices. Get up to speed by reading this News OnTheWight analysis

Monday, 11th January, 2021 6:56pm

By Simon Perry with 17 readers' comments

Wightlink to suspend weekend sailings on Yarmouth route

Wight Sun ferry at Yarmouth

Wightlink say fewer people are using the route at the weekends, as only essential travel is now allowed. Full details within

Monday, 11th January, 2021 2:41pm

By Sally Perry

Letter: More can be done by ferry companies to protect our ‘gateways’ from Covid-19

Ferry port at Yarmouth

This reader believes that much more can easily be done by the ferry companies to protect the Isle of Wight and its high percentage of older and vulnerable residents from Covid-19. He explains how here

Monday, 11th January, 2021 1:09pm

By Thomas Cowley with 8 readers' comments