Villagers could benefit from better bus service

By Matthew McKew

Sunday, February 16, 2014

 

Villagers could benefit from better bus service

Matt Kitchin, of Southern Vectis.

TWO Isle of Wight villages may get a better bus service after a big response to a Southern Vectis survey.

Following the survey, the bus company is considering diverting the Number 7 service to serve residents in Newbridge and Calbourne, which since 2010 have had just one round trip a day.

Matt Kitchin, Southern Vectis general manager, said: "The survey drew many encouraging responses from residents in Newbridge and Calbourne, where Southern Vectis is considering diverting some journeys to serve these villages, following an approach from the parish council last year."

Kate Goldson, of the Sun Inn, Calbourne, and Debs Downer, general manager of the Orchards Holiday Park, have been campaigning for better bus links since 2010.

They negotiated with the bus company to allow them to distribute a paper version of the online survey in Calbourne and Newbridge, because of the elderly population.

Debs said: "Around 90 people completed the paper surveys.

"At the moment, there is just one bus a day that goes into Newport. It takes an hour-and-a-half. You then have an hour and a half until the bus back.

"One 91-year-old man from Newbridge, whose wife is in a home, has to walk a mile-and-a-half in all weathers, every day, to the bus stop so he can see his wife."

The survey not only looked at changes to the route but other improvements, such as real-time information, next stop announcements and free onboard wifi.

Southern Vectis said any changes to bus services in Newbridge and Calbourne would be provided commercially by the company on a 'use it or lose it’ basis to ensure the costs of operation were covered by passengers using the service.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Peter Jeffery

21st February 2014, at 10:54:35

Keven

You asked Baz the question but after it had already been answered by Phillip, hence I included Phillip's answer for you

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by Keven Ball

21st February 2014, at 10:50:32

I asked Baz the question Peter, why do you answer for others old boy? Unless you are Baz as well?

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by Peter Jeffery

20th February 2014, at 20:13:51

Keven

You don't seem to have seen the answer to your repeated question

by Philip Yates
18th February 2014, at 22:12:46
30 days... thats 30 ticketed days, that do not need to be used one after the other, they can be used with gaps between the days of use... is £90

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by Keven Ball

19th February 2014, at 18:42:14

by Baz Taylor
19th February 2014, at 00:40:25
"Thank you Kevan! I do matinees on a Saturday on Ventnor Sea Front!" Can you answer how much the busses cost Baz per month?

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by Keven Ball

19th February 2014, at 18:41:25

Does anyone care to answer the question?

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by David Blackford

19th February 2014, at 07:23:45

PS - It would be very interesting if Southern Vectis could tell us
a. How much they collect in fares in an average week
b. How much they do not collect from free bus passes in an average week
In the Summer months "b" it would be even bigger with all the elderly holiday makers swanning around the Island buck-shee

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by David Blackford

19th February 2014, at 07:19:23

Too many over 60s going to work on free bus passes!

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by Philip Yates

18th February 2014, at 22:12:46

30 days... thats 30 ticketed days, that do not need to be used one after the other, they can be used with gaps between the days of use... is £90

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by Keven Ball

18th February 2014, at 18:56:44

I forget not many people use the buses on the island do they? As they cannot afford the bus fare, so I am guessing the bus fares are still very expensive?

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by Keven Ball

18th February 2014, at 18:55:10

Very dry baz, I like it,lol.

I will try again then? How much are the monthly bus tickets on the Southern Vectis buses, are they still £100 per month?

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