Southern Vectis announce £1.8m fleet of buses

By a County Press reporter

Monday, December 30, 2013

 

A FLEET of more environmentally-friendly buses is to be introduced on the Isle of Wight this week.

Ten of the UK-built Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 buses, each costing £180,000, are to be unveiled by Southern Vectis on Friday.

They join the company's fleet of 59 buses and will mainly operate on the Number 9 route between Newport and Ryde.

The double-deckers have more environmentally-friendly engines, low-floor access, CCTV, digital destination displays and storage for wheelchairs and baby buggies, the company said.

Ed Wills, Go Ahead Group bus and coach operations director in the south, said the buses would offer more comfort to customers whilst reducing emissions on Island roads.

"The investment is proof of our ongoing commitment to the offer of a reliable, safe and quality bus service for Islanders," said Mr Wills.

One of the new buses will be on display in St James' Square, Newport, on Friday.

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by Valerie Ching

2nd January 2014, at 20:27:36

Big gold star for Southern Vectis and their people who have operated some bus services every single day of the holiday including Christmas Day. Granted some places are totally bus free zones but credit where it is due.

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by Peter Angell

31st December 2013, at 21:17:05

…compare all this to mainland places like Cornwall, similar population but nothing like as good as bus service and similar prices. Or how about Fareham where buses finish on most routes at 6pm with limited Sunday service again for similar prices. How about a big city like Birmingham where there are no buses between midnight and 4am on any night of the week or how about Portsmouth and Southampton which only has limited buses on bank holidays with buses finishing by 6pm on both Boxing Day and New Years Day or even London where there is no public transport at all on Christmas Day?
I'm sure Southern Vectis could drop their fares but they would also drop a heck of a lot of services which many people rely on. As the saying goes - be careful what you wish for.
Bus travel is cheap on the island for those buying rovers or key cards given the excellent service provision.

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by Peter Angell

31st December 2013, at 21:08:37

In 2012 Southern Vectis bought 37 new buses which are still on the island, in 2008/09 it bought 28 new buses which are still on the island. The buses you are referring to as 'disappearing to the mainland' were the totally unsuitable Citaro single decks which left about three years ago now!

The island has probably the best bus network in the UK outside of London with buses running regularly 7 days a week including night buses yet people still complain! Yes fares are more than many places but you can go across the island for £4.50, 23 miles on the mainland would cost you a lot more. If you get a key card you can travel all day for £3, hard to find any places on the mainland which are as cheap….

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by Pop Camplin

31st December 2013, at 17:14:27

And yes Phil, I have noticed that when new buses are road tested on the Island they disappear to the mainland like the '9' !

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by Pop Camplin

31st December 2013, at 17:00:07

I have been on the Go Ahead groups website and have looked at all their tariffs for comparable routes. The most expensive single fare is S.V., the most expensive (comparable) return fare is the most expensive, Day passes, weekly/monthly passes and even 'The Key' prices are more expensive. If you don't believe me, then have a look !!

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by Richard Marlow

31st December 2013, at 13:43:20

whilst applauding SV on the new buses, can they not get a new set of bus maintenance technicians to help keep the existing ones on the road for longer as their "tweets" seem to show numerous "technical problems " or breakdowns/ did not runs. (see Island Travel IWCP front page).

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by Philip Yates

31st December 2013, at 10:08:36

Be like the last lot of new buses, they went back to the mainland... we only seem to get the older buses. As for the fares, yes they are expensive £4.50 for the maximum is a joke, no wonder no one uses the buses. As for running to time thats another thing.

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by Tony O'Brien

31st December 2013, at 09:45:16

Replacing 11-year old buses with new ones built in Britain, using less fuel and costing less to maintain seems sensible news to me.

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by Colin Russell

30th December 2013, at 21:25:21

Having read all the coments below now i know why i drive everywhere and not bother with s v or the park and ride

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by Graeme Egerton

30th December 2013, at 20:34:46

As I was bored, I've had a quick look on the net. Bus journeys on Brighton & Hove are available for 1.60, Oxford Bus Company 1.00 and Wilts and Dorset 1.50. There may be cheaper fares available and for all I know, they may be similar to S.V. on longer journeys but it's interesting that they all seem to be considerably cheaper at a first glance. Perhaps someone can explain to me where I've gone wrong?

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