Ferries faster than motorway for commuters, claim

By Ross Findon

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Ferries faster than motorway for commuters, claim

A Wightlink ferry arrives at Yarmouth. Picture by Robin Crossley.

COMMUTERS using the 'hideously busy’ M27 to reach Portsmouth claim they can save time by taking two ferries and coming via the Isle of Wight, an MP has said.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage this week told a parliamentary debate on transport infrastructure that traffic congestion and a poor rail services were hurting the region’s economy.

"The distance between Portsmouth and Southampton is just 20 miles, yet at peak times that journey can take well over an hour by road.

"The journey by rail often takes the same time, as there are only two or three direct trains an hour.

"Inevitably, slow journey times and poor service frequency on the rail network mean more and more people take to the roads, this clogging up the already hideously busy M27.

"I have heard it can be quicker for commuters in the extreme western end of the Solent to get to Portsmouth via the Isle of Wight — which involves taking two ferries — than by using the M27, which is clearly ridiculous," she said.

Her comments were backed by Beckenham MP Bob Stewart, who said improvements to infrastructure would help create more job opportunities.

MP Stephen Hammond, parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, said the government was committed to investing record amounts in expanding rail and road infrastructure.

How the journeys compare:

• Via Southampton

Distance: 42.7 miles

Time: 57 minutes (plus more than an extra hour during rush hour according to Caroline Dinenage).

• Via Yarmouth

Distance: Approximately 27 miles

Time: 1 hour 49 minutes (not including waiting and using the Yarmouth car ferry and Ryde Fast Cat).



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by Alex Pick

22nd March 2014, at 12:56:38

u tell em baz mate

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by Baz Taylor

22nd March 2014, at 10:58:41

An hour to travel 20 miles at peak time? Bliss! Has anyone here ever travelled on the M6 through the Midlands at around 4pm-6pm? If you manage to crawl 5 miles in an hour, you're doing well. Get over it! It's part of life! Oh, and why is it called "rush hour" when everything is moving so slowly???

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by Russell Palin

21st March 2014, at 18:31:30

If people keep drawing maps like this we will have to get the Island moved further off shore, it looks like a giant ring road. Ha!

Lyndhurst is impossible sometimes then when the big super solve everything motorway is reached....its full.
Should not have closed as many railways in the 1960's, should have spent more on rail instead and we would not be in such a log jam of a road mess. Oh yes there are even potholes on the motorways now don't you know?
I am sure Caroline Dinenage is right, the quote was meant as an example to show how slow it is to move from one area of the Solent to the other during busy parts of the day. nobody would do it for real because of cost, if cost were no object, use a helecopter..... Although I bet one or two frustrated commuters have tried it for a laugh to ease the stress.LOL

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by jay gibbs

20th March 2014, at 17:41:28

sorry had to say, is this the purposed isle of wight TT circuit , cant be nice stuck in all that traffic still you could buy a motorbike/scooter nice days and common sense ,you only live once.

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by Alex Pick

20th March 2014, at 17:32:04

I will swim across to save money

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20th March 2014, at 17:20:05

Of cause its faster to use the ferries to get to Portsmouth.
WHEN the tax payer is paying for HER to use it. BUT us PLEBS have to continuing to us the M27 we have no option as we don't have a MPs open travel allowance.

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by Den Young

20th March 2014, at 17:14:08

and the price?????????

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20th March 2014, at 16:01:13

What a load of tosh - only the daughter of that gormless 'chap' Fred could come up with such pathetic mathematics. For a start, it takes about thirty minutes to clear Yarmouth on the Newport Road these days !

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by John James

20th March 2014, at 15:33:21

A fixed link at either end is the obvious answer, Caroline Dinenage should lobby for one.:-)

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by Warren Copland

20th March 2014, at 15:15:45

This is probably the most pointless article I have ever read. How about going from Southampton to Winchester, along the A272, and then down the A3 to Portsmouth. Or going through Bishop's Waltham and Wycombe to Portsmouth. Who on earth would do this?

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