One Way or No Way

Feedback is being sought on proposals to make Castle Street in Castletown one-way north-bound for up to 12 months to enable building work to take place on Derby House.

The property owner has asked for permission to place scaffolding in the highway for up to a year, which would restrict the road to such an extent that two-way traffic would not be possible. Drivers wishing to reach Castletown Square from the harbour would be diverted via the bypass road and Arbory Road.

The same diversion would be in place for south-bound bus services from Douglas, while buses travelling to Douglas would be unaffected. A copy of the plans can be requested by calling at Castletown Town Commissioners during normal office hours, or by email to

Anyone who wishes to comment on or object to this proposal should do so by email to or by post to Department of Infrastructure, Highway Services, Regulations Team, Sea Terminal Building, Douglas, IM1 2RF on or before Friday June 18.

Buses Go Wild

A new collaboration with bus vannin and the Curraghs Wildlife Park will make it easier for families to visit the Wildlife Park and get out on the island’s buses. 

The ticket will allow all day bus travel anywhere on the Island as well as grant entry to Curraghs Wildlife Park at no further cost.

Adult price of combined ticket £13.50 (all day bus travel & Park Admission) Child price of combined ticket (aged 5 – 15) £9.00 (all day bus travel & Park Admission) Child Price (aged 3-4) £6.00 (bus travel free). Just ask your bus driver for a Go Wild ticket, and you will receive an all-day bus ticket, with a QR code to swipe each time you want to travel (free travel up until 23:59 and half price on night owls). The ticket will also give you a little coupon that you need to give to the Wildlife Park to gain entry.

Hannah Lo Bao, Customer Experience Manager for Isle of Man Transport said: ‘We are super excited for this collaboration, as it means the customer has an easy experience and also gets to save. Also after enjoying the Wildlife park, the customer is free to go and have more adventures across the island, as the bus ticket will last the whole day. If this ticket is successful we hope to develop our relationship with the Wildlife Park further.’

Heysham’s Facelift

Anyone who has ever travelled back from Heysham at 2.15am on a wet and windy night knows the place was a bit grim. But no more! As, just in time for the border opening on June 28, the whole place has undergone a refit and to be honest it actually looks really good. A new floor and ceiling have been installed throughout the terminal building, in addition to a full renovation of the walls complete with bright, colourful paintings. The café area has benefited from a revamp, with new comfortable seating throughout, decorative plants, a new air conditioning system, and vending machine facilities. The check-in area has also had a makeover. 

The Steam Packet’s new departure lounge at Heysham

Steam Packet Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘A renovation of the passenger terminal has been on the radar for some time now and we are really pleased with the results. The improvements will greatly enhance the passenger experience, making it much more comfortable for those waiting to board. The timing is great too, just ahead of the borders opening and at a time we expect to see many more passengers passing through – both island residents heading for a much-needed break and visitors to the Isle of Man.’

Jabs for Kids

The MHRA has approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in children aged 12-15, saying it is safe and effective in this age group and the benefits outweigh any risks. It said it had carried out a ‘rigorous review’ of the vaccine in adolescents.The UK’s vaccines committee will now decide whether children should get the jab. 

Nepal Asks for Help

Nepal’s PM has made an urgent plea for vaccines to his UK counterpart Boris Johnson, as the Himalayan nation experiences a devastating second wave of coronavirus. Speaking to the BBC, KP Sharma Oli said it was Britain’s responsibility given the historic ties the nations share. Mr Oli said the sacrifices of Nepal’s Gurkha soldiers serving the UK should make Nepal a priority for UK Covid aid. Nepal reported a high of 9,000 daily infections last month. Mr Oli said: ‘I want to convince the UK Government, particularly Prime Minister Boris Johnson, about the situation in Nepal and how we are suffering.’


After the UK gov moved Portugal onto the Amber list for travel, the Portugese gov queried that decision and asked the UK to reconsider. Transport Secretary Grant Schapps has blamed rising cases and a Covid mutation found in Portugal. Despite this TUI is reporting that 50% of those booked on flights have indicated they still want to travel to the country.

Dumb Criminals

Loved this one, a pair of drug dealers were caught with £500,000 of cocaine after they undertook a police car on a motorway. The two dealers used the hard shoulder to avoid queuing on the M6 near junction seven in the West Midlands. But they sped past a patrol car and then drove away at 100mph when police asked them to stop. Simon Pagett, 39, and Dean Stone, 40, both from Walsall, later admitted possessing drugs with intent to supply.

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