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Nationalise ferries to stop this ‘rip-off’

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Friday, August 11, 2017 - 11:30

From John Weeks, Calbourne:
Last Friday, my daughter-in-law paid £246 to travel with a small car from Portsmouth to Fishbourne.

The distance from Portsmouth to the Island is seven miles. At £35 per mile is The Solent the most expensive stretch of water in the world?
For what she paid my daughter-in-law could probably have crossed The Channel or flown to New York (without a car).
I am aware this week is Cowes Week, but to quadruple prices at the most popular times is to exploit tourists and Islanders.
The fuel costs and wages bill remain the same for each voyage.
The operators can do this because the two companies exercise a duopoly on the three main routes and can charge what they please.
It is no coincidence there is no significant differences in the rates charged for the three routes and, therefore, no effective price competition.
It is time the ferries to the Island were regarded as an extension to the road system and nationalised.
Or they could at least be forced to publish a list of standard charges, with discounts for Islanders.
Our last MP did nothing to resolve this rip-off. What will our new MP do?

 


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