Island MP Raises Parliamentary Questions on Ferry Service

Following the news on the front page of the County Press last week that Wightlink may pull the Yarmouth-Lymington service, Island MP Andrew Turner has taken action by not only writing to DeFRA but also tabled questions in Parliament. Ed
Andrew Turner has written to Huw …

Island MP Raises Parliamentary Questions on Ferry ServiceFollowing the news on the front page of the County Press last week that Wightlink may pull the Yarmouth-Lymington service, Island MP Andrew Turner has taken action by not only writing to DeFRA but also tabled questions in Parliament. Ed

Andrew Turner has written to Huw Irranca-Davies, a minister in the Dept of Food, Environment and Agriculture (DEFRA) seeking a firm undertaking from him that the needs of the Island will be taken into account in looking at the future of the Yarmouth to Lymington ferry service.

He has also tabled a series of Parliamentary Questions about the operation of the ferry service and written to the Lymington Harbour Commissioners asking them for any ‘substantive reason’ why the new ferries should not be brought into service. His actions follow speculation about the introduction of the new ‘W’ class ferries on the route.

Mr Turner said

“There is a perception by some residents in Lymington that the new ferries may cause difficulties for river users. However the ferries provide a ‘lifeline’ service for Islanders – that must come first. Many people rely on the ferries to access health services, education and employment as well as for social reasons and of course the tourist trade relies on them to bring over custom from the mainland. I have asked for an undertaking from the Minister that these factors will be properly taken into account when looking at how the new ferries can be introduced on the route quickly.

“I think it is time that the Lymington Harbour Authorities were asked to give proper reasons why they are seeking to hold up the introduction of the new ferries.”

County Press article

Thursday, 13th November, 2008 12:16pm

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Vanessa Churchman
It appears that the main opposition to the new ferries is coming from 2nd home owners and weekend ‘yachties’, maybe even people who have retired to the South Coast and wish to preserve it in ‘aspic’. Perhaps they would like to see the end of the service altogether!!! But then if you are only here for the weekend you musn’t be disturbed because you need all your… Read more »
David Holmes
What a ludicrous assumption you make Cllr Churchman. Where is your evidence for such a daft statement. Did Wightlink tell you this? My family badly need a boat service on this route, it’s a vital link to the island for commuters, visitors and those going over daily to school and college. Having said that Wightlink’s problems are self inflicted. The opposition is from many sources on the… Read more »
minty

Well said Vanessa! You are the voice of the people and are truly in touch with a modern, thrusting and regenerating Island. Keep up the good work. Respect. Minty.

martin william wareham

David you have lost the plot the new generation of Ferries are higher four metres longer but only a metre wider.Vanessa Churchman is quite right and for me to agree with a Conservative is probably a first.

David Holmes
Come come Martin, I bet you’re always agreeing with the Tories? Anyway, fun over an old sea-dog like you surely isn’t saying the new ferries aren’t much ‘bigger’ than the old ones? Look at them side by side. The new ferries LOOK twice the size of the old ones, that’s what matters but it’s a fact the old ones are 800 tonnes and the new 1.500 tonnes.… Read more »
Tommy

MW-W said they are “four metres longer”. FACT
They are not “1 metre wider”, but only 80 cms. FACT
They will carry an extra 15 cars. FACT
Their draught is now 2.1m compared to 2.28m FACT
According to THE most persistent complainant, DDH, they are “Twice the size”. Doh! Hello! Is anybody at home?

David Holmes

Rock on Tommy!

You haven’t seen them yet. Side by side?

Unless your eyes don’t work you’d see they APPEAR far larger, this is because they are almost TWICE as large!

This is the problem. They do indeed carry an extra 15 cars. This is er, 15 more than the existing ferries.

adrian nicholas
Having just returned from the mainland most locals I spoke to that side of the water opined that perhaps a game was going on and that given the posturing the real reson is so far hidden. true, there are environmental concerns over the wash and erosion to the harbour banks, the new boats are a bit bigger though the old ones are rustbuckets over 30 years old.… Read more »