Recommendations for ferry companies

By Martin Neville

Thursday, April 24, 2014

 

ISLE of Wight Council watchdogs have published a raft of recommendations following their probe into cross-Solent ferry services.

A report published this week followed two specially convened public meetings at County Hall, organised by the authority’s overview and scrutiny panel in the wake of high fares and Wightlink cuts to late night and early morning sailings.

Solent commuters, business and tourism leaders and representatives from Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel, gave evidence to the Cross Solent Services Task Group on key aspects such as fares, frequency and timetabling.

Commuters highlighted the negative impact of service cuts, while all three ferry firms said boosting tourism was key to better ferry services.

Now, the Task Group has come up with eight recommendations which will be considered by the scrutiny committee on May 1, before a final report is submitted to full council.

They include:

•Encouraging smaller businesses to work together to negotiate reduced fares.

•Regular engagement between the ferry operators, users and the council.

•Reviewing the role of the Quality Transport Partnership.

•Assisting developers in bringing forward planning applications for quality accommodation and all year round attractions.

Click here to view the report.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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