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Ryde interchange works set to begin next month

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The works to improve Ryde Transport Interchange to provide better travel connectivity, as well as improved public space, is set to begin next month (April).

Around £10 million of the Transforming Cities Fund has been awarded for the improvements by the government.

The Esplanade transport hub will be reorganised to provide more landscaped pedestrian space, reflecting responses received from the public consultation last year, and allowing buses to leave directly to George Street rather than having to turn at the Dover Street roundabout.

There will also be a new dedicated cycle route and walkway, new street furniture and planting, as well as a boardwalk being built on the tramway pier by Wightlink.

The work will be delivered in a number of phases over 12 months to minimise disruption, taking into consideration events such as the Isle of Wight Festival, Tour of Britain, Ryde Carnival and the scooter rally.

Works will begin on Monday, April 4, starting with the construction of the new footway and cycle route improvements between the Hovertravel footbridge and Dover Street.

Cllr Phil Jordan, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said: “It has taken a while to prepare for this project but, after extensive consultation with the public and businesses, I am delighted we are about to begin work on a scheme that will deliver a much-improved public space and welcoming transport interchange for all users, making travel to and through Ryde a better, easier and more pleasant experience.”