By Richard Wright

Friday, March 28, 2008


A CROSS-Solent tram tunnel and a new ferry port on the foreshore to the west of Ryde are included in proposals submitted to the IW Council.

Construction of the new terminal would be the first stage, followed by a cross-Solent tram tunnel linking Ryde with Gosport according to the dossier, which is one of the responses to the IW Council’s consultation as it prepares the Island Plan planning blueprint.

An L-shaped relief road is planned to follow the route of the lane at the side of Ryde Golf Club, linking with Binstead Road and from the new port to the west of Ryde Pier along a new causeway route passing through Western Gardens to link with the Esplanade.

The new harbour is designed to stretch out into the sea nearly to the length of Ryde Pier to provide all-state-of-the-tide berthing for four car ferries, four passenger ferries, two container ships and replacement facilities for the existing Ryde Harbour.

The architect of the proposal is Ryde company Civic Networks Ltd, which has the same address as Ryder Cleris Ltd, which last year put forward a land swap deal for Ryde Golf Club, which would have seen the club move to Wootton.

Businessmen John Clewley, who owns the Ryde House centre for people with learning difficulties next to the golf course, is involved with both.

He said: “We are trying to breathe new life into the Island and we responded to the IW Council’s invitation to come up with ideas.”

Ferry company Wightlink said it had no knowledge of the port plan, repeating denials issued in October when the scheme for Ryde Golf Club surfaced.

The document also puts forward a Medina crossing at Whippingham and improved traffic links with Park Road, Wootton, and Betty Haunt Lane, Carisbrooke upgraded.

The fixed tunnel link is envisaged to run between Ryde and Gosport, linking existing rail networks either side of The Solent.

“All these individual solutions can be achieved with environmental sensitivity, are thought to be sustainable, will relieve congestion, enhance the urban realm, improve transport links and are believed to promote economic prosperity,” says the document.

“Seen as a whole the five solutions provide a holistic strategy that underpins the Eco-Island vision.”


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