Isle of Wight Council

Sustainable Travel on the Isle of Wight

Sustainable Transport Programme

Drive less and see more on the Island.

Drive Less See More on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight Council Sustainable Transport Access Fund programme aims to give residents, commuters and visitors more options to drive less and see more of the Island, lead healthier lifestyles whilst protecting our beautiful environment.

The programme is supported and funded by the Department of Transport (DfT) and is helping change the way people travel in our towns and villages, from using car sharing and bus travel to cycling, scooting and walking. The competitively won DfT funding also supports a number of projects carried out by our partners, such as cycle hubs, volunteer travel ambassadors and school sustainable travel education.

Sustainable transport funding bids

The sustainable transport programme began following a DfT grant in 2012 and the council has since successfully won funding for its projects ever since that year.
If you would like to see the previous funding bids, you can view them below.


The Government’s Transport White Paper ‘Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon’ announced the establishment of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) and invited Local Transport Authorities to develop transport related bids to help build strong local economies and address the challenges of climate change.

Sustainable Travel Transition Year Revenue Competition (2016/17)

The Department of Transport (DfT) confirmed that the bid has been successful for funding in 2016/17, view the confirmation letter  (PDF, 89KB, 2 pages).

In February 2016, the Department for Transport invited local authorities to apply for a share of £20m to deliver sustainable transport projects between May 2016 and end of March 2017. The funding round is called the Sustainable Travel Transition Year as it bridges a funding gap between the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) and the new Access Fund, which will launch later in 2016 for implementation from April 2017.

The objectives of the Sustainable Travel Transition Year revenue competition are to:

  • Support the local economy and facilitate economic development.
  • Reduce carbon emissions.

  • Helping to deliver wider social and economic benefits (e.g. access to employment, education and services).

  • Actively promoting increased levels of physical activity through walking and cycling.

View the full funding guidance available on the DfT website.

Isle of Wight Council, in partnership with key stakeholders, has developed a £450k bid to the Sustainable Travel Transition Year revenue competition.

The bid seeks to develop sustainable transport initiatives which improve journeys to work and school, together with improved access to visitor experiences and support with travel for jobseekers.

The full Isle of Wight Council application is available to download (PDF, 1.16MB, 20 pages).

The application Annex  is available to download  (PDF, 2.08MB, 14 pages).

LSTF2 Programme (2015/16)

'It's all about the journey: Transforming Travel on the Isle of Wight'

This £1.4m programme inspired residents and visitors to build active, sustainable modes into everyday journeys, supporting economic growth and reducing carbon. It was achieved through an innovative programme of workplace and school engagement and a transformation of visitor travel.

The programme delivered three key objectives:

  • reducing the impact of visitor travel on the Isle of Wight, while growing the value of the visitor economy;
  • reducing dependency on single occupancy car trips and promote sustainable alternatives for access to employment;
  • improving the health and wellbeing of young people through sustainable access to education.

An end of programme implementation update (1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016) is available to download by (PDF, 1.04MB, 12 pages).

View the 2015/16 LSTF application  (PDF, 1.12MB, 23 pages).

View the 2015/16 LSTF appendices (PDF, 1.91MB, 23 pages).

LSTF1 Programme (2012-2015)

'Sustainable Transport Access to Tourism'

The LSTF2 programme built on many of the activities and functions delivered via a separate £3m LSTF programme implemented between 2012 and 2015. This programme focused on the visitor economy, delivering a mix of capital and revenue interventions, including:

  • Public transport information and support - new and enhanced tourism related bus services.
  • Walking and cycling - increasing access and improvements to the network.
  • Marketing, promotion - initiatives to improve and promote the sustainable tourism offer.

The 2012/15 LSTF application is available to download (PDF, 4MB, 36 pages).