The Isle of Wight Council’s transport leveling bid

An offer of FOURTEEN million will be made to the government, to secure more upgrade money, after the Isle of Wight’s £5.8million success.

Announced in cabinet papers today (Thursday), Isle of Wight Council will make a bid for funds to complete the ‘Island Green Link’ – a sustainable east to west transport network in Wight .

It will include three main parts:

  • Ryde to Yarmouth Transit Corridor;
  • West Wight Greenway;
  • Scheme Newport Hub and Spokes.

Work on the Ryde-Yarmouth Corridor would include improving bus infrastructure, with things like ramps, shelters and real-time information signs.

Small-scale mobility hubs along the route would allow passengers to easily switch modes of transport.

As part of the corridor offer, it will also review proposals to add an improved footbridge or lift system over the railway line at Ryde to increase accessibility for Hovertravel customers.

The West Wight Greenway project has been in the works for a few years now and would create a multi-purpose off-road track between Freshwater and Newport, using part of the old railway line.

The Newport Hub and Spokes scheme is proposed to extend and improve cycle routes, while creating new ones, notably along Taylor Road, Carisbrooke.

The council says that through these programs it would provide greater connectivity to the island’s gateway and underscore the island’s credentials as an environmentally sustainable destination.

It is part of Leveling Up’s second round of funding, which is central to the government’s plans to build back better after the Covid pandemic.

Isle of Wight Council, with backing from Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely, has been awarded £5.8m for the East Cowes Marina Hub project which is currently underway.

As the island had already been successful, the authority can only bid on transport-related topics, but up to £14million is available.

The offer, which seeks cabinet approval next Thursday, June 17, must be submitted to the government by July 6.

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