Bus firm set to launch new tourist info service

By Martin Neville

Thursday, February 3, 2011


SOUTHERN Vectis will provide a new tourist information service across the Island, replacing the existing council-run network.

From April, the bus company, supported by the Isle of Wight Council, will provide visitor information assistants in Ryde, Newport, Yarmouth, Sandown, Shanklin and Cowes.

Their role will be to provide visitors with information and advice.

Visitor Information Points will be created at Newport, Ryde and Yarmouth bus stations in a move that will offer a combination of tourist and travel information.

In Newport the current bus travel centre and waiting facility are set for refurbishment and in Ryde, the former information office is set to be refitted to re-open after Southern Vectis agreed a lease for the office and the bus station itself with Islandline.

There are also plans to open an office within the bus station in Shanklin, subject to planning and highway approvals.

In Cowes and Sandown, visitor information assistants will be provided near the Red Funnel terminal and in the High Street area respectively.

The council said the new service would replace the Island’s current network of TICs and would return the service to its core role of providing information, rather than selling souvenirs and booking tickets for off-Island transport, events and shows.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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