20 Mar 2019

Onward travel simpler for passengers

Big screens displaying information about onward travel connections have been installed by the Island’s cross-Solent ferry companies.

Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel have all moved to help passengers by introducing the new screens at their respective ports for travel on both sides of the Solent.

It means passengers can get all the latest travel information about their onward train, bus and coach connections.

Improving travel information was one of the Isle of Wight Transport Infrastructure Board’s priorities last year.

The independent board was set up in July 2016 to focus on a wide range of connectivity, integration, regeneration and funding issues vital to the Island’s future and to the benefit the public.

It comprises a range of representatives from business, tourism and official bodies. The council is a member and provides admin support.

Board chairman Christopher Garnett said: “We have been working with our cross-Solent companies to help people get information about their travel connections.

"Having that information visible and easily available at the ferry terminals can make a huge difference, so I'm pleased all three ferry companies have supported us with this."

Southern Vectis has also introduced information about departures at its Ryde Esplanade station.

Further public transport improvements are planned by Island Line, which hopes to introduce newer trains to the service.

Pictured in the image are:

(top left to right) - Phil Dominey, senior regional development manager, South West Trains; Keith Greenfield, chief executive officer Wightlink and Simon Moye, operations manager, Bluestar/Southern Vectis.

From (bottom left to right) Neil Chapman, managing director, Hovertravel; Christopher Garnett, chairman of the transport infrastructure board and Fran Collins chief executive officer, Red Funnel Group.


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  • Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel have all moved to help passengers by introducing the new screens.
  • It means passengers can get all the latest travel information about their onward train, bus and coach connections.
  • Improving travel information was one of the Isle of Wight Transport Infrastructure Board’s priorities last year.
 
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