Photo showing the railway line at Ryde, Ryde bus station and the buildings along the Esplanade in the background

Ryde Transport Interchange – ‘A gateway to the Island and a destination in itself.’

In July 2020 the Isle of Wight Council was awarded £10 million from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund. The funding will help to improve Ryde Transport Interchange. The funding bid was part of a South East Hampshire Rapid Transport (SEHRT) initiative. This includes Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council.

The project will improve sustainable transport infrastructure and connectivity on the Island, and in and around Portsmouth City Region. It will focus on improvements for cyclists, pedestrians and bus, rail and ferry users.

The project is broken down into four elements:

  1. Improvements by Wightlink to transform the old tramway along Ryde Pier into a new pedestrian and cycle boardwalk.
  2. Improvements by South Western Railway to Ryde Esplanade railway station involving a refurbishment of the station buildings including new, fully accessible disabled toilets, a new façade, remodelled / expanded concessions and access to the boardwalk
  3. Bus terminal remodelling to provide a safer environment for pedestrians with more public amenity space. An improved road layout will:
    • allow buses to turn right out of the terminal up George Street
    • allow better access to the pier
    • allow better pedestrian crossing facilities
  4. There are also cycleway improvements, including Improvement of cycling links to and through the interchange linking with the existing cycleway to Puckpool in the east and Ladies Walk in the west and also:
    • dedicated cycle paths
    • shared use paths
    • priority cycle crossings

Much of the project funding is conditional on some specific improvements being made which form the basis of the design. There are also aspects of the final design that can be influenced by the community particularly those that help define the look and feel of the public space.  The Isle of Wight Council has launched a consultation to encourage people to share their views on these elements. This will help inform their decision around any final plans.

You can view the consultation documents and take part in the consultation here www.iow.gov.uk/rydeinterchange

The consultation is open until 3 August 2021.

You can also see the design for the scheme here and view some frequently asked questions and answers by clicking on the link here.

You can view the press release here.

If you have further questions, please contact PFI@iow.gov.uk