A number of people on the Isle of Wight have expressed concerns since Wightlink announced they planned cuts to overnight Isle of Wight sailings.
Some have taken it upon themselves to explore paths that might encourage Wightlink to modify their plans, including one On The Wight reader who wrote to the Office of Fair Trading about it.
They recently received a reply from the Department for Transport, which they’ve forwarded to us (below).
The DfT cite Andrew Turner’s 2009, ultimately-unsuccessful, attempt to get the Office of Fair Trading involved in Isle of Wight ferry pricing, pointing out that, while any individual is able to refer items to the OFT, “the fact that there are three providers of cross Solent services, and that Wightlink alone currently operates 230 daily crossings it may be difficult to argue the case that the Isle of Wight citizens have inadequate ferry provision even if some of the unsocial hours services have been curtailed.”
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