The Isle of Wight Council is to consider consulting whether foot passengers should pay to use the floating bridge.Picture by Peter Boam.
SHOULD passengers be charged 50p each way to travel on the floating bridge?
The Isle of Wight Council is considering launching a consultation on the issue as part of a wider debate about the future of the Cowes/East Cowes service.
The executive will consider launching a consultation when it meets next Monday.
A report to the committee stated: "The council is under no obligation to provide a free ferry for foot passengers or cyclists or indeed, any service at all.
"Charging for these was withdrawn in 1992, although foot passenger charges are made on the majority of comparable services.
"A significant number for foot passengers and cyclists are carried by the ferry and even a small charge would contribute significantly to the council’s income and its ability to replace the ferry."
It added: "It is proposed the consultation will be Island wide. This will seek the views of Island residents on the suggested introduction of a 50p each way fare. Passengers under the age of 18 will travel free."
According to the report, the consultation would consider:
Whether charges should apply?
What level of charges should be made?
Whether any concessions should be offered?
When charges should apply?
How charges should be applied and the method of charging?
If charges are not applied, how the service will be provided in the future.