An online petition calling for government action over the price of travelling to and from the Isle of Wight by ferry is gaining attention.
The petition set up by Richard Jarman has already attracted almost 800 signatures.
The petition reads,
Regulate Isle of Wight ferry prices
I personally want to travel to Portsmouth to see my daughter, but I have to go via Southampton as I am priced out by Wightlink due to their excessive fees. The IOW residents especially need regulation to stop the companies from monopolising on the services they provide. This is one of many examples.
Both Isle of Wight ferry companies (Red Funnel and Wightlink) are charging a lot of money to travel, especially when there are events on the Island.
This restricts people financially (especially residents as they have no choice in using these two companies) in travelling either from or to the Isle of Wight. This is damaging businesses on the Island that rely on tourist trade which is in decline, families are also restricted in seeing each other.
You can sign the petition by heading over to the Government Petitions Website.
At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to this petition. At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.