Ferry companies respond to Isle of Wight MP’s concerns about reliability over winter

Read responses from the three Isle of Wight cross-Solent travel companies about winter preparations

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Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Robert Seely has pledged to monitor the service performance of cross-Solent operators having received assurances from each that they were well prepared for the coming winter.

Bob wrote to cross-Solent travel operators on 4th October asking about their winter preparations and has now shared their responses.

Keen to avoid maintenance and operational issues
Mr Seely said he was keen to avoid the same situation as last year where maintenance and operational issues – coupled with adverse weather conditions – led to restrictions in travel and inconvenience for Islanders.

Mr Seely sought reassurance that preparations were being undertaken by all providers to ensure that these issues did not repeat themselves and that any delays to cross-Solent travel were limited only by unavoidable and adverse weather.

Seely: I will be keeping a close eye on them
Bob said:

“I am pleased that all three operators have taken action to prepare themselves for the winter and I hope they will reach the targets they have set for themselves to ensure a reliable service for Islanders.

“Bad weather aside, Islanders need services they can rely on and I will be keeping a close eye on them.”

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News shared by the office of Bob Seely. Ed

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Monday, 21st October, 2019 2:17pm


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4 Comments on "Ferry companies respond to Isle of Wight MP’s concerns about reliability over winter"

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Bob dont live here.

He must be worried that when he next comes to visit us plebs he wont be able to get here.


90% reliability is NBG if you need to travel on one of the sparse early morning/late evening sailings-its odd how these appear to be the ones cancelled most often on the vehicle ferries!


How ironic. Just a day after the “reassuring news” from Chapman at Hovertravel, both craft are off with technical problems this morning and we haven’t a service. Where’s that spare craft?


I thought Bob’s island home is at Chillerton. and he is here regularly.