Isle of Wight Council

Highways PFI

Current Highway Improvement Schemes

Ryde transport interchange

Not all highways improvement schemes fall within the scope of the contract we have with Island Roads. In certain cases, for example when government funding becomes available, we are able to commission own own projects to improve junctions or certain stretches of road. This section provides details of new road improvement schemes.

Ryde interchange consultation - a gateway to the Island and a destination in itself

In July 2020, we were awarded £10 million from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund. The funding will help to improve Ryde transport interchange. The funding bid was part of a South East Hampshire Rapid Transport (SEHRT) initiative. This includes Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council.
The project will improve sustainable transport infrastructure and connectivity on the Island, and in and around Portsmouth city region. It will focus on improvements for cyclists, pedestrians and bus, rail and ferry users.

The project is broken down into four elements:

  1. Improvements by Wightlink to transform the old tramway along Ryde Pier into a new pedestrian and cycle boardwalk.
  2. Improvements by South Western Railway to Ryde Esplanade railway station to accommodate Island Line’s new trains. The terminal building will be refurbished to create fully accessible toilets and expanded concessions.
  3. Bus terminal remodelling to provide a safer environment for pedestrians with more public amenity space.  An improved road layout will:
          • allow buses to turn right out of the terminal up George Street
          • allow better access to the pier
          • allow better pedestrian crossing facilities
  4. There are also cycleway improvements. These include links to and through the interchange, linking existing cycleways to Puckpool in the east and Ladies Walk in the west. The improvements will also include:
          • dedicated cycle paths
          • shared use paths
          • priority cycle crossings

Much of the project funding is conditional on some specific improvements being made which form the basis of the design. There are also aspects of the final design that can be influenced by the community particularly those that help define the look and feel of the public space. We  launched a consultation to encourage people to share their views on these elements. This will help inform our decision around any final plans.

This survey is now closed. The following cabinet report contains details of the feedback received.