Many thanks to Stuart George from the IW Bus Users group for details of changes to the Island bus services. Ed
We now have details of the Island’s bus services from 17 April. It seems to be a tale of two companies.
With just one exception Southern Vectis services are unchanged or improved, with East Cowes, Yarmouth, and Freshwater gaining night buses on Fridays and Saturdays.
Change to route 12
The exception is service 12 Newport – Shorwell – Brighstone – Brook.
In January an experimental evening service was introduced; from April this will be withdrawn on Monday to Thursday evenings, but on Fridays and Saturdays an improved service will run throughout the evening.
With Wightbus, operated by the IW Council, it’s a different story. From the same date (17 April) ALL Saturday services will be withdrawn, leaving Newchurch, Alverstone, Gurnard, and Havenstreet with no buses at weekends.
Many other services during the week will also be reduced, with service 23 to Newchurch and Alverstone particularly badly hit.
The only option available for those people affected is to contact their IW councillor urgently.