Trains, Chains And Cycling Wheels: Transport Infrastructure Plan To Be Considered By Council

Cllr Ian Ward, Christopher Garnett and Council Leader Dave Stewart

Isle of Wight Council’s leading cabinet members will meet on Thursday, to consider the future of transport on the Isle of Wight.

They will formally consider whether, after meetings, planning and the production of a report, the Island can work towards a safe, secure, accessible and affordable system.

In September 2016, the local authority asked Christopher Garnett to convene a Transport Infrastructure Task Force to consider the challenges to economic growth for the Island.

His report will be considered by members who, if they decide to endorse it, will make a series of recommendations.

What are the recommendations?

A week after a closed meeting involving councillors and those on both side of the fixed link argument, Isle of Wight Council cabinet members may agree to refer to the Policy and Scrutiny Committee, as a “future agenda item”, the possibility of an independent study into the feasibility and cost of a fixed link.

Members may agree to task the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, Cllr Ian Ward, with finding ways to improve WIFI at transport hubs.

Gateways to the Island, at Cowes, East Cowes and Ryde could also see investment, if the plan is endorsed.

The Isle of Wight Council may commit to ensuring Island Line remains part of the franchised National Rail Network.

The council will produce a cycling and walking strategy, if the report is endorsed, and could complete the Newport to East Cowes cycle route, incorporate=ing a link to the new Isle of Wight College campus at Whippingham.

Cabinet members meet on Thursday, at 5pm.