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ISLAND HAULIER FIRST CUSTOMER AT WIGHTLINK’S NEW TERMINAL BUILDING

Isle of Wight haulier Wayne Lightbown was the first driver to buy a ticket at Wightlink’s new customer building at its Portsmouth car ferry terminal today (Monday). Wayne’s father Mike started the company at Blackwater 40 years ago – it now operates from bases in Merstone and at Eastleigh in Hampshire. Wightlink’s 3-storey customer centre features Costa Coffee and other …

REVISED TIMETABLE FOR HI-SPEED RED JET

Due to a combination of predicted severe weather and vessel availability, Red Funnel will be operating a revised timetable on its Red Jet service between now and Tuesday. It is thought that staffing issues – ‘vessel availability’ – are to blame for the cancellations, with the reduced timetable appearing to fit in around standard staffing patterns. Red Funnel have been …

HEALTH AND CARE STAFF RESPONDING ‘MAGNIFICENTLY’ TO ONGOING PRESSURE

Staff and volunteers across the Isle of Wight’s health and care system are said to be responding ‘magnificently’ to the pressures the Island is currently facing, but one of the worse strains of flu the Island has seen for many years is on the way. Islanders cannot have missed the national media reports about the pressures faced by the NHS over …

NEW TRAINS, STATION AND TRACK NEEDED ON ISLAND LINE SAYS MP

Bob Seely MP has responded to a consultation on the future of the Island Line by saying that more investment in new trains, stations and track is vital if the Island and the service are to flourish. Bob has said that a service every 30 minutes would do much to allow more visitors onto the Island and make it easier …

SMALL BUSINESSES CAN GET FREE HELP WITH TAX RETURNS

Small businesses in the South East are being urged to sign up to an easy-to-use forum to get top tax tips. With the midnight on 31st January 2018 deadline for Self Assessment tax returns to be filed online approaching, businesses are urged to join HM Revenue and Custom’s (HMRC) Small Business Online Forum. It is hosting Q&A help sessions throughout January …

ISLAND HOUSEHOLDS URGED TO SWITCH ELECTRICITY SUPPLIERS

Island MP Bob Seely is urging householders to think about switching electricity suppliers after new figures show take up on the Isle of Wight is lower than many other parts of the country. Research from the Energy Switch Guarantee (ESG) found that only 11% – or 8,004 – of households on the Island switched electricity supplier between September 2016 and …

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