An artist impression of the new Ryde Interchange

Ryde Transport Interchange project

This page will bring you the latest information on the Ryde Transport Interchange.

The Isle of Wight Council working with various partners, is implementing a major scheme to improve Ryde Transport Interchange. The scheme seeks to provide better travel connectivity as well as much-improved public space for residents and visitors.

The project is primarily funded by Government grant from the Transforming Cities Fund following a successful bid by the Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council (together as South East Hampshire Rapid Transport) for £55.6m million. Around £10 million of this has been awarded for the Ryde Transport Interchange improvements.

The Esplanade transport hub is being reorganised to provide more landscaped pedestrian space, following feedback from a public survey last year, and will allow buses to leave directly to George Street rather than having to turn at the Dover Street roundabout.

There will be a new dedicated cycle route and walkway through the Esplanade along with further sign posted links to and from Ladies Walk to the west and Puckpool to the east along with new street furniture and planting throughout the Esplanade area.

The project will also see a boardwalk to be built on the tramway pier by Wightlink. The refurbishment of Esplanade Station will provide a direct connection from the concourse to the boardwalk, accessible public toilets and expanded retail/café units.

To minimise disruption the works are being delivered in a number of phases over 12 months taking into account the major events. Regular updates on scheme progress and significant changes to traffic management will be released throughout the project.

Update: September 30 2022

After a carefully planned start intended to minimise disruption during the summer season and for the planned events, we’re now moving into a period of concentrated activity to get a significant proportion of the works completed before the lead into Christmas.

In line with this, during the coming weeks we will be focussing heavily on completing the new access and exit road to the pier.

We will also be re-aligning the pedestrian crossing outside the King Lud pub with this new access road as well as undertaking associated drainage work. This work at the pedestrian crossing will mean there will be some new traffic arrangements coming into effect from October 10 and lasting for approximately five weeks.

In the first two weeks of these works, the south (town side) side of the Esplanade will be used by traffic travelling eastbound (towards Dover Street roundabout) and therefore shut to westbound traffic between George Street and Union Street with a diversion via George Street, Cross Street and Union Street. St Thomas Street will be one way in a westbound direction.

Access to business will be maintained. During this phase, traffic will be able to enter Ryde Pier via the newly created new link road and leave via the existing exit.

For the following three weeks, the southside lane (normally used by westbound traffic) will be closed with the same diversion in place but access will remain for business deliveries where safe to do so.

Eastbound traffic will be largely unaffected by this phase, with entry and exit to the pier via the new access roads and Thomas Street will reopen in both directions.

Access to the taxi rank will remain at all times during the forthcoming work.

At the same time as all of this, the work to reconfigure the bus station and other associated works will continue.

Please note that the planned schedule is subject to change due to factors such as inclement weather or unexpected site conditions.

The work to reconfigure the bus station is ongoing with temporary bus stands now in operation at the Esplanade

Routes 4, 9 and 37 are now by the Rose Garden on the Esplanade while routes 2, 3, 8, Island Coaster and the Downs Breezer are outside Solent Court on the Esplanade on the opposite side of the road.

Ryde Travel Shop will be open as usual. Further information can be found via the following link https://www.islandbuses.info/Ryde-bus-station-move

The single coach bay has been relocated to nearby Quay Road car park for the duration of the Ryde Interchange project.