Southern Vectis came into being when the Southern Railway bought the Vectis Bus Company in 1929. From then it was always owned by large national concerns and after 1970 was part of the state-owned National Bus Company.
With privatisation in 1986, the company was bought by its management team, and stayed independent until bought by the Go-Ahead Group in July 2005.
As the principal operator of bus services on the Isle of Wight, Southern Vectis serves the needs of the island’s residents with a really comprehensive network, and we cater for the huge influx of visitors throughout the ever-lengthening tourist season. The company has developed a strong partnership with the Isle of Wight Council and, for example, delivers 2500 children to school each day on behalf of the Council.
The Venus Awards recognises and celebrates women in the workplace.We won the award in 2016 because of our work in improving diversity and engagement in the transport industry.
Transport has been a male dominated industry since time began. It’s only in recent decades women have begun joining the industry in any great numbers. With almost one in five of our driving staff now women and around one third of new starters women, Southern Vectis is working towards getting a balance of genders.
There is still a long way to go but we’re pretty much leading the way in the bus industry in achieving a diverse and balanced workforce.
In the past few years, we’ve also improved engagement, communicating more, listening more and celebrating success more. From timetables to uniforms to bonuses for attendance or being incident free it’s all helped make people feel more engaged. This award is recognition of the journey we’ve all been on to make the workplace a better place. The workplace isn’t quite perfect yet and we strive for perfection but we’re getting better and we are one of the best.
We take very seriously the need to make it easier for those of you with mobility, sight, or hearing difficulties to get around on our buses and use our website too. Our websites are equipped with ‘speak me’ technology to help the visually impaired. The software can also translate into many different languages. Click the icon to find out more
All buses are low floor and easy access - and we have spaces available for wheelchair users. Our friendly drivers are always happy to assist. In the absence of national guidance, we can only carry mobility scooters below a certain size on our easy-access buses.