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Diverted funds kill Marks Barfield’s Ryde Gateway plans

Marks Barfield’s iconic Ryde Gateway scheme on the Isle of Wight (IoW) has been canned in favour of spending £1.5 million on other projects in the area.

Last week, the IoW Council voted to discontinue with the London Eye architect’s transport hub after costs spiralled on the competition-winning project
from an original estimate of £7.7 million to more than £10.5 million.

Marks Barfield associate Ian Crockford told the AJ: ‘We had put four years of work into the project and to see it scuppered at the last minute is a huge shame.’

The Ryde Gateway would have drawn together the taxi rank and hovercraft, train and bus terminals around one landmark development, becoming the largest transport hub on the island.

But the council said it has become frustrated with the complexities surrounding the project, largely arising from the fact that the majority of the land is owned by Network Rail.

In 2007, the Department for Transport earmarked £6 million for the scheme, with the IoW Council responsible for contributing over £4 million to the
final cost.

IoW Council cabinet member for environment and transport Edward Giles said: ‘We cannot justify continuing to allocate resources on this scheme when instead we can invest significant amounts on work that will make a definite and immediate positive impact on Ryde.’

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