CHEAPER tickets for Isle of Wight residents using Wightlink services have been demanded by Island trade unions.
The calls came ahead of a meeting of an Isle of Wight Council sub-committee, which was yesterday (Thursday) due to discuss which questions should be put to all cross-Solent ferry companies at a meeting in January.
Council leader, Cllr Ian Stephens, met representatives of the Isle of Wight Trades Council on Tuesday, when he was told prices should be no more than £25 return for cars belonging to Isle of Wight residents.
The trades council also asked for an extra two hours of sailing at the weekends.
Long-term plans for a publicly owned ferry service have also been suggested.
Steve Butler, of the Isle of Wight TUC, said: "We see the Solent crossings as an extension of Island roads.
"Where do these price hikes leave the Isle of Wight economy? They are holding Island residents to ransom."
Cllr Stephens said he would pass the views to Cllr Geoff Lumley, chairman of the overview and scrutiny panel, which will be quizzing ferry operators next month.
He stressed trades unions should make representations to the committee and not the leader of the council, as he wished the scrutineers to remain independent.