Sandown to Cowes
The 16 mile (26Km) route for the new Translohr tramcar follows the original rail alignment from Sandown to Cowes. This route would have the same frequency timing to match the fast ferry Red Jet crossings to Southampton. It is vital that the new link with Sandown is associated with, and forms part of, the justification for a new link with the Red-Jet fast passenger ferry at Cowes.
All the cycle/walkways on the route would be retained either adjacent to or close to the new alignment in line with the Office of the Rail Regulator (formally HMRI) recommended guidelines. All road crossings would use the appropriate signalling to control road and tramcar movements.
Proposed route and stops are at; Sandown Town Centre, Sandown Interchange (Island Line), Alverstone, Langbridge, Horringford, Merstone, Blackwater, Shide, Newport Football Ground, Litten Park, St. James Square Newport, Hunnyhill, Hooke’s Way, St. Mary’s Hospital, Dodnor Lane, Stag Lane, Arctic Road, Newport Road, Mill Hill Road, Birmingham Road, Cowes Town and Red Funnel Red Jet Terminal.
This map of the proposed route is reproduced by kind permission of Midland Publishing and appears in original form in their book, RAILS IN THE ISLE OF WIGHT, A COLOUR CELEBRATION.