27 Jul 2021

Have your say on transport interchange

There is still time to shape some of the key elements of a multi-million-pound project to improve Ryde Transport Interchange.

Residents have until August 3 to make their views known in a consultation, the results of which will be considered by the Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet meeting on September 9, or earlier if necessary.

The project aims to improve facilities and connectivity for cyclists, pedestrians, bus and rail users as well as Wightlink FastCat passengers with the interchange area reorganised to provide a more pedestrian-friendly area with additional areas of public use.

The scheme is supported by a government grant from the Transforming Cities Fund following a successful bid by the Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council (together as South East Hampshire Rapid Transport) for £55.6 million — £10 million of which is earmarked for the Ryde Transport Interchange improvements.

Other key elements of the wider project are being delivered by Wightlink — by transforming the disused tramway into a pedestrian and cycling boardwalk up the pier — and South Western Railway which will refurbish the terminal building to create new fully accessible toilets and expanded concessions.

The council’s element on which views are being sought involves remodelling the bus station to provide a safer environment for bus users and pedestrians as well as more public amenity space. A new road layout will also allow buses to exit the bus terminal and head straight up George Street, as opposed to the current arrangement where they have to use the roundabout at the end of the Esplanade.

There will be an enhanced cycle route and walkway through the area linking Ladies Walk to the west and Puckpool to the east as well as more public areas with new street furniture.

The current consultation is seeking feedback from the community on the key elements which define the look and feel of the area including landscaping and planting, bus carriageway surfacing, kerbing, pedestrian paving and seating. The consultation also invites wider comments on the scheme which will all be taken into account when discussed by Cabinet.

Councillor Phil Jordan, Cabinet lead for transport and infrastructure said: “There have been well over 250 submissions to the consultation so far (check and update) and much wider discussions about this project — all of which is to be welcomed.

“We are a council that wants to hear from our residents and businesses and we are very keen to take our forthcoming decisions based on as much feedback as we can get. I would urge anyone interested in this project to make their views known through the consultation.”

The consultation is available at: www.iow.gov.uk/rydeinterchange

You can also find out more about the plans by visiting: https://www.iow.gov.uk/news/Ryde-Interchange-reassure-residents-abou

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Factfile
  • The project aims to improve facilities and connectivity for cyclists, pedestrians, bus and rail users as well as Wightlink FastCat passengers.
  • South Western Railway will refurbish the terminal building to create new fully accessible toilets and expanded concessions.
 
Isle of Wight, UK