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ISLE OF WIGHT HAS ‘SOME OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE FERRIES ON EARTH’ MP TELLS PARLIAMENT

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has spoken about the high cost of cross-Solent ferries during a parliamentary debate on Isle of Wight Local Government Finance.

He told Local Government Minister, Simon Hoare MP, that the Island has some of the most expensive ferries on earth and the impact fares have on the cost of providing council and other services on the Island.

Mr Seely said on Thursday:

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“We have had lots of good ideas about what to do about them, but we have never had a shared manifesto that the MP and the council can agree on.

“The Island’s council has no powers over the ferries, despite being the transport authority, and as far as I can see it has never taken a policy position. We have the Transport Infrastructure Board, under the great leadership of Christopher Garnett, but the ferry firms’ participation is voluntary, and I think that is wrong”.

Bob went on to suggest how the government could help…

“I understand that soon the ferries will start to have discussions about grants and government support to move to net zero. At that point, when public money is being spent, there should be a quid pro quo, such as a public service obligation of some kind.

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“I am also moving towards the idea of a Solent ferry regulator, which would have the legal power to sign off on timetables, debt levels, changes to ownership and other issues related to the ferries. The council should also have a seat on both the Wightlink and Red Funnel boards.”

Mr Seely said he would develop these ideas further in the New Year.

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Stefan C. Attrill
Stefan C. Attrill
4 months ago

The council should also have a seat on both the Wightlink and Red Funnel boards.”

Oh, my, imagine that. Look at the shenanigans with Mr McBoatFace at East & West Cowes.

I agree, something has to be done about the exorbitant prices for travelling across the Solent. However, I wouldn’t want the current leadership of the Isle of Wight Council to be involved, as I have no confidence in them. I’d rather have Caulkheads contributing and leading decisions for Island folk.

Arthur Clarke
Arthur Clarke
Reply to  Stefan C. Attrill
4 months ago

Stop it with this racist “caulkheads” nonsense. “Island folk” encompasses all who live on the island and not just those descended from the abomination called Homo wightiensis. All inhabitants of the island are equally stung by high ferry prices.

islander
islander
Reply to  Arthur Clarke
4 months ago

move back to the mainland then arthur – we don’t wan’t your anti indigenous islander rhetoric here.

Get a grip
Get a grip
Reply to  Arthur Clarke
4 months ago

Calm down snowflake, i cannot see anything that Stefan wrote anywhere near racism just an opinion of which he is fully entitled to have.

Arthur Clarke
Arthur Clarke
Reply to  Get a grip
4 months ago

The term “caulkhead” is deliberately divisive and division promotes hate. Quite simple.

islander
islander
Reply to  Arthur Clarke
4 months ago

i guess yorkshireman and lancastrian is the same deliberate divisive hateful language then

arthur – you are an idiot.

Arthur Clarke 1
Arthur Clarke 1
Reply to  islander
4 months ago

Hardly islander. The two terms you use (yorkshireman and lancastrian) are simply references to a place of birth, whereas “caulkhead” requires some special qualification that is seemingly based on years of inbreeding. Not really something to be proud about. You use the term to differentiate “overners” from those who have a long history of inbreeding on the island. Pathetic really.

islander
islander
Reply to  Arthur Clarke 1
4 months ago

caulkhead – born on the island, overner- not born on the island – i.e references to places of birth- you have negated your own argument arthur, try again

Mark
Mark
Reply to  islander
4 months ago

Caulkhead – no brains
Overner – brains

Get a grip
Get a grip
Reply to  Arthur Clarke
4 months ago

The only simple thing here is you and how the hell does it promote hate, snowflake, think you need a cuddle and dont forget to take teddy to bed tonight in case you get scared. TIME YOU GREW UP

Howard Lovecraft
Howard Lovecraft
Reply to  Get a grip
4 months ago

I sense a stirring in your loins. The old Wight worm is rising.

JohnR
JohnR
Reply to  Stefan C. Attrill
4 months ago

Think Bob deliberately missed out the most expensive to use ferry, the Council operated Floating Bridge here on the IOW.

4LOSTOKER
4LOSTOKER
4 months ago

Pity the last chance the IWCC had the opportunity to purchase Sealink in 1980 for £90M think of the miss opportunity that was and all the headaches they are dealing with now would’ve been resolved. Isle of Man has just purchased there shipping the Manxman to keep profit on the Island, but we the IW bicker but can’t do anything about it

William
William
4 months ago

Gosh, anyone would think there might be an election coming…..

Bobs Biggest Fan
Bobs Biggest Fan
Reply to  William
4 months ago

William That’s correct typical Tory CON spin.. dangle a carrot make the public think he’s the right person to be the MP .. get re elected .. then do nowt !! As predictable as night and day .. your vote to get the CONS out .. is needed now ..

Last edited 4 months ago by Bobs Biggest Fan
Stark Reminder
Stark Reminder
4 months ago

Oh dear, seldom seen seely is popping up a lot now, and of course telling everyone what we already have known for years. Jeez is this guy for real, your finished sausage bob, so give up.

Jen
Jen
4 months ago

Hot air!!! We’ll see

Bobs Biggest Fan
Bobs Biggest Fan
Reply to  Jen
4 months ago

Jen that’s right the typical Tory CON pantomime.. starring pop up Bob ..

Dfl Bob
Dfl Bob
4 months ago

In New York City Ferries are cheap as chips to travel on.

The useless UK Government and useless IW Council should
force Ferry Companies to reduce their prices.

Less than a 5 mile crossing is more expensive than flying with
Easyjet.

Maybe Easyjet or Uber should run Ferries to the island.

“LOWER FARES ARE WHAT PEOPLE WANT”

Islanders should not have to pay more than £20.00 for a return crossing.

Mark
Mark
Reply to  Dfl Bob
4 months ago

It’s only £22 at the moment from Ryde Pier.

Dfl Bob
Dfl Bob
Reply to  Mark
4 months ago

Still too much Mark.

Locals should not have to pay £22 for the short crossing.

john pole
john pole
Reply to  Dfl Bob
4 months ago

nobody should

Howard Lovecraft
Howard Lovecraft
Reply to  Dfl Bob
4 months ago

Locals should go and live elsewhere to realise that they are nothing special. Far from it!

jeff
jeff
4 months ago

council having a seat on the board….what is this, stalinist Russia with a party official on the board of directors.

get real seely….private enterprise is just that, private…unless you are willing to buy the ferry companies at the fair market price, then they will decide when to run and what prices to charge.

every time meddling inept politicians get involved in capitalist, private, profit making enterprises, They always make them worse.

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Kevin W
Kevin W
Reply to  jeff
4 months ago

I thought everytime a meddling inept politician got involved in capitalistic, private, profit making enterprise, it was some sort of fiddle for financial gain to themselves, PPE contracts is one example that springs to mind.

Paul Pelosi
Paul Pelosi
4 months ago

I should say. The Island is rip-off heaven for Wight Link and Red Funnel.

Nothing but the truth
Nothing but the truth
4 months ago

“Mr Seely said he would develop these ideas further in the New Year.”

He’s been MP for over 6 years now, plenty of time to have developed ideas several times over. Just smacks of desperation.

And nothing he suggests will tackle high prices. Waste of time now, waste of 6 years too.

Bobs Biggest Fan
Bobs Biggest Fan
Reply to  Nothing but the truth
4 months ago

NBTT it’s just Tory CON smoke and mirrors .. just sound bites .. he knows what the islanders need, but does nothing !! other than a strongly worded letter.. too little .. too late Bob .. time to take the pension .. and resign ..and make everyone’s Christmas ..

Pops
Pops
4 months ago

The new year will be too late bob. You won’t be the Island mp for much longer. It’s taken you to long to do not a lot of nothing

Kev
Kev
4 months ago

Anybody would think there is a General Election coming up, don’t be fooled he has had years to do something about this. Blatant electioneering.

Wotawally
Wotawally
4 months ago

In other words: “the Government are planning an election next Spring, so I’d better pretend I give a toss about ferry prices if I want to keep my cushy little job as MP”.

heavy heart
heavy heart
4 months ago

The headline should read ‘Isle of Wight has some of the most expensive ferry crossings on earth.

Arthur Clarke
Arthur Clarke
Reply to  heavy heart
4 months ago

You have to love the way arrogant Tories make bold claims with no evidence to back them up. Typical Tory lies with no effort made to do research in support.

Last edited 4 months ago by Arthur Clarke
Helen
Helen
4 months ago

Things do need to change, but if it ever happens remains to be seen.

isla wight
isla wight
4 months ago

Never guess there’s an election looming would you

Colin Sharpe
Colin Sharpe
4 months ago

Just stating what every islander knows. It’s just words. How about a service level agreement with penalty clause for poor service and a fare cap for islanders.

islander
islander
Reply to  Colin Sharpe
4 months ago

assuming you are willing to pay the subsidy for the fuel costs, other inflationary costs and staff wage increases then colin – because fare caps don’t allow for any of that

of course any penalty for your poor service clause comes from – the money raised from selling tickets -in other words, you pay.

Last edited 4 months ago by islander
fred
fred
4 months ago

Privatises all public services then moans it’s all too expensive. Wightlink was once part of BRB, government owned. Tories, will sell everything including their country.

Roland Butter
Roland Butter
4 months ago

So now the state is going to be handing over even more of our money to companies to pursue the fraud of net zero? You couldn’t make this up – not only will we be paying a fortune for ferries that will become more unreliable and expensive (as all so-called green public transport is), we will be paying more tax to subsidize them as well !

Wightlink
Wightlink
4 months ago

“the impact fares have on the cost of providing council and other services”.

Note, there was no mention of the impact the cost of the fares have on the Island’s residents, or on tourism,..

Seems he’s only interested in it not being a reason for the CONservative goverment to increase the funding of the council,.. & doesn’t give a toss about the residents…

Wightlink
Wightlink
4 months ago

Seely: “We have the Transport Infrastructure Board, under the great leadership of Christopher Garnett”

is that the same Christopher Garnett who is ‘a director of Anglian Water’?

(as well as Chief Executive of GNER, Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies, Vice President of Sea Containers Limited)

Great Leadership??
sounds like another CONservative who is happy to line (more like fill) his pockets with the publics money

also Seely:”“I am also moving towards the idea of a Solent ferry regulator”… Moving towards the idea ???
no commitment then,… What a Tvvat

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

If you think the Solent is expensive to cross, then you need to use the Corran ferry £10.00 for a 400 metre crossing which equals to £560.00 going to Southampton to which I payed £70.00 for a last minute crossing.

Arthur Clarke
Arthur Clarke
Reply to  Colin
4 months ago

Exactly. Try booking a ferry in the Greek islands. A short crossing between islands is typically about 100 euros return for a foot passenger. I won’t be doing those trips again.

Last edited 4 months ago by Arthur Clarke
bembridge barnie
bembridge barnie
4 months ago

The IOW has unique issues which are easy to lose sight of when you wish to have a cheap dig at the local MP who admittedly isnt up to much, He has no real power when dealing with the transport issues other than raising it in parliament. in terms of transport the ferry companies hold the islanders to ransom, they run when they won’t to ,not when the customers wish it, you cannot trust the IOW council to run anything unless it is into the ground, but I guarantee next year those that can vote will put thier cross for the same old failures, could we be any worse off being run by hampshire and scrapping all the councils on the island, thnk of the savings we could make.

Jen
Jen
4 months ago

Lets face it usless lazy bob,, your days are numbered hopefully

Wrightie
Wrightie
4 months ago

Mr Seely, could Wightlink & Redfunnel explain to the Islanders WHY their fares are so expensive, while running a hit & miss service. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would like to see a break down of costs & profits. Then we all can judge if they are running a service for islanders or just ripping us off because they can.

Rob
Rob
Reply to  Wrightie
4 months ago

Just look at Companies House and the ferry companies accounts if you want a breakdown of the costs it’ all in the public domain. Then people may like to say just how they intend to make the service cheaper, a reduction in profit margins would only reduce the fares by a small amount and it would require funds from tax payers to lower the fares further.

john pole
john pole
4 months ago

Shitelink ,terrible prices,terrible services for passengers getting on and of car ferry

Howard Lovecraft
Howard Lovecraft
4 months ago

The fares aren’t actually expensive and the service is pretty reliable. The problem is that you lot are all living in the 1970s. Prices have gone up quite a lot since then. Twenty quid is peanuts.

 

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