£25 return tickets for Isle of Wight cars wanted on Wightlink

By Matthew McKew

Saturday, December 7, 2013

 

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.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by william tsang

15th December 2013, at 23:34:56

why can't we just have a underpass for the isle of wight ???

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by neil jacks

11th December 2013, at 16:36:22

The unions are very much toothless tigers in my experience anyway, all bluster and few results from overpaid officials...

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by Jack Woodford

10th December 2013, at 17:00:56

I don't mind them piping up their views but what is odd about this whole deal is why they are singling out Wightlink.
If they have the interests of us punters at heart then the £25 fare request should surely be made to both the ferry companies. The fact that they are singling out just one company smells to me very much like them following an agenda against one company. And that, my friend, fills my little head with suspicion.
That suspicion is only fed by their current and untypical silence on the matter.
Anyways Neil, I appreciate you turning up to keep me company in the TUC's absence....

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by Jack Woodford

10th December 2013, at 16:55:25

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by neil jacks

10th December 2013, at 16:47:47

truth is though jack, the union has no power here and should just not put its name to such nonsense.

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by Jack Woodford

10th December 2013, at 14:20:57

Thanks Jack. I thought so too. It certainly seems to have caused our Union friends to go unusually silent. Worth asking just for that. Ha ha

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by neil jacks

10th December 2013, at 13:31:55

Good point Jack.

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by Jack Woodford

10th December 2013, at 09:39:49

Come on fellas. Are you on strike?

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by Jack Woodford

9th December 2013, at 21:17:43

Hey Union Dudes - anyone working the nightshift and able to answer my question?
The more I think 'bout this the stranger it seems. Why would you demand a £25 fare from one ferry company and not the other?

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by Jack Woodford

9th December 2013, at 17:12:52

Does this demand apply to Red Funnel too or is it just Wightlink? And if only Wightlink, why?

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