By a County Press reporter
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A new users group could be established to represent ferry passengers on the Isle of Wight. Picture by Robin Crossley.
Conservative councillors announced the plan this week after a four-strong delegation met with Wightlink chief executive Russell Kew.
Group leader Cllr Dave Stewart said: "We had a frank, wide-ranging and constructive discussion about how we can ensure Wightlink better understands its customers and how we can boost the Island economy for the good of residents and cross-Solent service providers alike.
"The meeting was not simply a general discussion, we were very outcome focused and have already identified a number of areas where we may be able to progress ideas for improvements."
Mr Kew said: "Wightlink is committed to working in partnership with Islanders and so developing positive links with this group of elected representatives is a very healthy sign for the future.
"I was particularly pleased they have agreed to help us establish a ferry users' group for the eastern routes, to complement the excellent work being done by the groups we work with in West Wight."
*Red Funnel and Hovercraft will be included in the plans to establish a ferry users' group.
Cllr Wayne Whittle, who leads for the Conservative group of councillors on tourism and business, said the group would cover all services not currently covered by the existing Yarmouth users' group.
They would also work with the council as a whole and MP Andrew Turner to establish an Island-wide business forum to nurture economic growth, he said.
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by Mike Crowe
27th September 2013, at 17:54:06
Neil I know you won't believe this, but tomorrow is Saturday. I did tell you it was coming, but you couldn't see that far ahead could you?
by neil jacks
26th September 2013, at 19:04:42
Ha ha you just can't do it can you.
26th September 2013, at 18:50:02
Neil, I suppose to mention the following day being Sunday is just too much?Yes I thought so :-)Have a nice Thursday evening, I am off out now.
26th September 2013, at 18:37:02
Yet again mike, you did not read my post and you again failed to answer a question.. and you also may want to check your last posting.
26th September 2013, at 18:32:29
Mat, you hit the nail on the head, it's a business there to make a profit. If we were to use the services on offer and provide the supplier with increased demand, then I am sure, they would be all too happy to oblige. However, we as users are not using the services already on offer. If wight link run empty ferries as you suggest, who pays if not the passengers for the under utilised crossings...that cost has to go somewhere,. As for pickets, that would be against the law.
26th September 2013, at 18:28:17
Neil, the following day is Saturday
26th September 2013, at 18:22:05
Don't be silly mike, no one wants a fixed link to the isle of wight.
26th September 2013, at 17:35:32
Just think once the fixed link is in place all of this will be over and we will be able to traverse the Solent as and when we like, as will the businesses the bridge will attract.Take no notice of the 'It will never be built' brigade, they cannot see beyond tomorrow.
by Julia Bridgeman
26th September 2013, at 17:27:58
Your welcome :-)
by Mat Thomas
26th September 2013, at 15:32:29
Thanks for setting me straight on that Julia.
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