We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Then And Now (3)
The main holiday resorts of the Isle of Wight have always been strung out on a north-south axis at the Eastern end of the Island. the best beaches are at Ryde, Sandown and Shanklin with Ventnor being a little quieter and suffering, possibly, from being built on a cliff!
The Bembridge promontory is a strange mixture of posh "yotties" in a mix with camp sites, caravan sites and a selection of holiday parks.
It is not surprising, then, to realise that the busiest bus route ran from Ryde to Ventnor and on the the famous Blackgang Chine.
So in 1997 Blackgang managed three buses an hour in the morning, dropping to just two once the main daily not-much-of-a-rush was over!GREEN) is part of the giant "round the Island" circular which we have already met providing buses between Newport and Ryde via Havenstreet.BROWN) followed the traditional; "main line" route via Bonchurch, but only hourly. 7/7A journeys ran via Wroxall, also hourly for most of the day.
How the mighty have fallen!
The route via Wroxall rose to great fame and high frequency after the electrification of the railway line from Ryde to Shanklin. The section between Shanklin and Ventnor was covered by service 39 bus which connected with every train!
We should mention the route via Bembridge, most definitely a long way round as many an unwary visitor found as they caught a bus from Sandown to Ryde and found the journey was taking an hour instead of the expected 20 minutes!
In 1997 this was part of the big ORANGE service 1, running every 30 minutes.RED) ...
... whilst a local bus trundled from Shanklin Bus Station (as was) up GRN LN (translated as Green Lane - GREY) to Oaklyn Gardens.
BROWN),7 and 7A (GREEN).
Beside The Seaside 2021
A look at today's map shows a whole raft of changes.DARK BLUE). But frequency is now down to hourly ...
Back in days of old, the 8 ran at least every 15 minutes, and the decline is a direct result of the change from "bucket and spade" happy campers to more "sophisticated" (?) motor car visitors!
On the main road, route 2 (LIGHT GREEN) runs every half hour between Ryde and Shanklin ...DARK GREEN) continues, also half hourly, to Ventnor.
But all year round services via the main road are generally better that 1997. There is a co-ordinated bus every 15 minutes between Ryde and Shanklin, going forward every half an hour to Ventnor.
At this stage we need to understand that all three of these routes now find their way to Newport and will form the next part of this magnum opus.
Next then and Now blog : Thursday 17th June