First look at Ryde Esplanade station improvement plans

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Renovation plans for key areas of Ryde Esplanade station are getting closer to reality.

The first CGI images – submitted to the Isle of Wight Council’s planning team this week as part of a formal planning application – reveal the changes intended to create a modern integrated transport hub for Ryde and the ‘island.

It comes as Wightlink announces the appointment of Knight Brown to reincorporate the disused tram pier into a dedicated pedestrian walkway, linking Ryde Esplanade, the pierhead and, via Fastcat, Portsmouth Harbor Station.

The improvements
Plans show upgrades to Ryde Esplanade station to create an attractive central concourse providing direct access to the new pedestrian promenade as well as improved facilities.

These include:

  • fully accessible public toilets;
  • café concession space with spectacular views of Western Gardens and the Solent;
  • a new retail space in addition to the existing unit;
  • a new ticket office and waiting room;
  • improved facilities for SWR and Southern Vectis operations.

The building will feature extensive glazing on the west elevation, a new entrance and a redesigned and expanded concourse, all helping to create a more welcoming and user-friendly environment for passengers.

Jordan: will provide a much more suitable gateway to Ryde
Cllr Phil Jordan, Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“The new station, together with the wider improvements to Ryde Interchange which are now well advanced, and the reinstated tram ride, will provide a much more suitable gateway to Ryde and the Isle of Wight.”

Greenfield: We look forward to the start of construction
Wightlink Managing Director Keith Greenfield said:

“Metal structural surveys have already begun on our part of the project.

“We look forward to the start of construction and eventually the opening of the footbridge so people can stroll along Ryde Pier Head, enjoy the sea breeze and ride through the waves to Portsmouth by FastCat.”

Dominey: Improve the overall travel experience
Phil Dominey, Regional Development Manager for South Western Railway, added:

“We are delighted to be working closely with Isle of Wight Council on this project which will improve the overall travel experience and improve onboarding for all Ryde Esplanade customers.”

Tyldsley: Looking forward to helping make the vision a reality
Richard Tyldsley, Managing Director of Southern Vectis, said:

“We are delighted to see that plans for the Ryde Interchange to improve facilities for bus and rail passengers are developing – and we look forward to helping deliver the vision to further improve public transport infrastructure. across the island.”

Ryde Transport Interchange Project
The redevelopment of the station and promenade is part of the wider £10 million Ryde Transport Interchange project to provide better travel connectivity as well as a much improved public space.

The project is being primarily funded by a government grant from the Transforming Cities Fund following a successful £55.6m bid by Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth County Council. Hampshire – together as South East Hampshire Rapid Transport.

To minimize disruption, the works will be delivered in phases taking into account major events including the Tour of Britain, Ryde Carnival and the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally.

See the schedules
You can consult the plans (22/01239/FUL) on the town planning register.

The public consultation runs until August 12.


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