Googlemap with useful sites marked including the Newport and East Cowes Vestas plants, and Vestas HQ in Warrington.
EVENTS – to add an event please enter details – where, when (day/time), what (rally, meeting, etc.) and contact details if possible – in the comments, or email email@example.com.
Wednesday 17 February
• NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT Save Our Services public meeting 7pm, Hunnyhill Room, The Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight. Meeting called by Unison but everyone welcome. Public meeting to discuss a response to the threatened cuts to jobs and services
Getting to the Vestas factory, Newport, Isle of Wight (Londoncentric advice – please add other advice or offers of lifts in comments, thanks).
Googlemap showing the route on foot from Newport bus station to the marine gate, Vestas plant, St Cross industrial estate, Newport, Isle of Wight.
National Express coaches go London to Southampton every hour, with funfares from £5 booking online. Megabus coaches go London to Southampton at 08:39, 10:39, 12:39. 14:39, 16:00 and 21:39, with prices from £6 (the 4pm ones tend to be the cheapest). There is also a new kid on the block: Greyhound, plying the route from London to the South Coast. See links to travel companies below.l
Both arrive at the National Express station on Harbour Parade in Southampton, about 10 minutes walk from the Isle of Wight ferry terminal (the Red Funnel terminal). To get to the terminal:
1. Head south on Harbour Parade
Go through 1 roundabout
2. Turn left at A3057/W Quay Rd
Continue to follow A3057
Go through 1 roundabout
3. Turn right at Bugle Street
Destination will be on the left
Red Funnel ferries cost £7 at the desk, and from £4 booking in advance online. When you arrive on the Island, take the chain ferry from East Cowes to Cowes, then the No. 1 bus to Newport from the stop on Newport Road.
If travelling by train, check out the options at http://www.thetrainline.com/buytickets/?. There are several different routes possible, if travelling from London, one recommendation is to Ryde, Isle of Wight via Portsmouth – the connections are easy between the train and the Fastcat which is included in the price, and at the other end you can walk down the pier to Ryde Esplanade (10 minutes) or catch the little train (90p one way).
Travel company links
Greyhound coaches www.greyhounduk.com
National Express www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx
National Rail Enquiries www.nationalrail.co.uk
Red Funnel Ferries www.redfunnel.co.uk
Red Funnel Red Jet (faster than the ferry) www.redfunnel.co.uk/ferry-travel/red-jet-service
Wightlink ferries www.wightlink.co.uk
Vestas support groups – could be a first port of call in your area if you want to organise a protest or more information. Please let us know about any more groups – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Birmingham – Alistair email@example.com / 07846 490408
- Brighton – John firstname.lastname@example.org / 07845 183407
- Leeds – Dan email@example.com
- Liverpool and Merseyside – Daren Ireland firstname.lastname@example.org / 07787 128498
- London (Central and North) – email@example.com
- London (South) – Nadine Houghton, Battersea and Wandsworth trades council firstname.lastname@example.org / 07946 172461
- Manchester – Hugh email@example.com
- Medway Towns (Kent) – Tipping Point, 46 High Street, Gillingham, ME7 1AZ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Newcastle – Ed Whitby email@example.com
- Oxford – Kate Douglas firstname.lastname@example.org