Delays mean Southern Vectis' new Isle of Wight buses will not arrive until the end of next month (October).

Eagle-eyed Islanders may have spotted red London buses operating on the Island over the last few weeks.

The buses have been serving the Ryde to Newport route, among others.

The bus firm has said they have been drafted in from its sister company to replace some of its older buses.

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They are being used until the company's new £1.7 million double deckers arrive.

They were originally due in August and September, but that has now been delayed until the end of October.

Richard Tyldsley, Southern Vectis general manager, said: "Our new buses will have the latest and cleanest euro-6 engines as well as an interior spec offering improved comfort for customers. 

"In the meantime, we hope people enjoy seeing a temporary splash of red on the Island’s buses.”

As the County Press previously reported, the seven new buses are set to serve the Cowes to Newport route 1 service.

The operator said the new buses will have USB charging points for smartphones and hand-held devices.

There will also be a tap on, tap off contactless payment option. 

They are also low emission, which Southern Vectis said is better for the environment.