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This from Isle of Wight Labour’s 2019 election candidate, Richard Quigley. Ed
Unfortunately, they can’t do the same for the reduced Red Funnel service.
As Island dwellers, we all understand there is a price to pay for being separated from the rest of the country by water.
We reluctantly pay the price in both travel time and sometimes exorbitant fares, set at a level both companies assure us are necessary to maintain a year round service.
Government £ paid to ferry operators
Some Islanders even have sympathy with the ferry companies.
This quickly evaporates when we see them take government money to “stay afloat” and still reduce the service we receive. This proves without doubt, that cross Solent Transport is in fact a special case and should qualify for government intervention.
Nationalise the ferry operators
I went one step further during last year’s election and called for nationalisation to ensure the crossings were regular and at a reasonable price.
Our council now find themselves having to defend the ferry companies, a situation they should not be in.
Operators need to help Islanders during these exceptional times
The government has been forced into re-nationalising failed rail franchises, the same should apply to the ferry operators.
We all help them make exceptional profits the rest of the time, they now need to help Islanders during these exceptional times.