The Isle of Wight’s Transport Infrastructure Task Force has today (Wednesday 26 July) formally presented its report and recommendations to the Isle of Wight Council.
The report makes a series of recommendations on key transport issues affecting the Island including cross-Solent links, Island ‘gateways’, reducing congestion, sustainable transport and greater use of technology.
The independent task force was set up in 2016 to focus on connectivity, integration, regeneration and funding issues vital to the Island’s future and received views from more than 40 organisations about the challenges and opportunities that transport has for Island residents.
Solent Transport has been an active participant in the task force, working closely with task force chairman, Mr Christopher Garnett on a number of themes.
The report includes recommendations to set up a cross-Solent operators’ partnership board to work with operators to improve ferry services and travel offers as well as lobbying central government for financial support for certain user groups for whom cost of cross-Solent journeys is currently a barrier.
Also recommended by the study are improvements to entry “gateways” to the island including Ryde Esplanade, and that Isle of Wight Council works closely with the new franchise owners of Island Line and with Network Rail to identify and develop options for reducing the cost of Island Line, as well as modernising the line and investing in its future sustainability
The report also makes recommendations on steps to tackle a wide range of other issues including traffic congestion in central Newport, corridor improvements for bus services, and developing and cycling and walking investment strategy.
The full task force report and recommendations can be viewed via the link: https://www.iwight.com/Residents/Environment-Planning-and-Waste/Planning-Policy-new/Transport-Policy/Island-Transport-Plan
Solent Transport now looks forward to providing support for implementation of recommendations in the report.