An Island Echo poll of almost 10,000 people has revealed an apparent support for a fixed link to the Isle of Wight.

Following on from the recent 8 weeks of cross-Solent disruption, a poll was launched on the Island Echo Facebook page last week asking “Do you now think the Island needs to consider a fixed link?”.

After a 7-day voting period the results have been collated revealing 73% of respondents – 6,900 people – believe that the fixed link options should be looked into. 27% of those who voted – 2,500 people – said that the focus should be on the ferries.

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As exclusively reported on Tuesday, Bob Seely MP has written to Wightlink, Hovertravel and Red Funnel this week with a series of questions relating to their individual operations. It follows on from Island Echo’s publication of a timeline of events since 26th August. It highlights more than 30 instances of cancellations, delays or suspension of services – and that number continues to grow.

The Island Echo poll attracted 271 shares, a reach of 42,378 people and 9,600 votes. However, it is of course worth remembering that the Island’s population sits at around 140,000 people so the 73% support for a fixed link may not resonate across the Island as a whole.

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