MOTORISTS MUST NOW PAY ON EXIT AT RYDE PIER SAYS WIGHTLINK

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Wightlink has introduced changes to the toll system on Ryde Pier from today (Wednesday).

Motorists are being advised that the pier toll will now be charged upon exit in a bid to improve traffic flow and avoid queues at the entrance.

Previously, traffic backed up onto the main carriageway as motorists stopped to pay the £1.30 toll before travelling onto the historic pier.

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Those using Ryde Pier are now being told to have a debit/credit card or mobile device ready when leaving.

During the lockdown periods, when the Fastcat has not been running, the pier barriers have been raised allowing free access. However, the £1.30 charge has been re-introduced.

The toll has not increased in price and it still includes 30 minutes of free parking.

Wightlink’s Fastcat catamaran service between Ryde Pier Head and Portsmouth Harbour remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A. Resident
A. Resident
1 month ago

As Usual Profit before Customers Just another way of this money grabbing company of making more money I really hope when the staff go on strike they bring this money grabbing company to their knees

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
Reply to  A. Resident
1 month ago

Don’t know why anyone would want to go on the pier with no fast cats running at present thank goodness !!!!!
But they do seem to like to rip people off for 30 minutes .plus parking charges are another rip off on pier .

M Mason.
M Mason.
Reply to  A. Resident
1 month ago

“As usual profit before customers” Look Wightlink are owned or part owned by Fiera Infrastructure, a high profile asset management company. Asset management companies are generally ruthless and they buy up small to medium businesses with a view on making a quick buck after a few years by selling them on. This is the business that they are in. So there is nothing you, and I or anybody else can do about the way they operate. You can’t blame the staff or senior management at Wightlink. They are controlled by the city and the city want profits and bigger profits, regardless of the best interest for the island. If you want a ferry service to break even or to be subsidised and is state run, then i suggest you all lobby Mr David Stewart and see if the council can get it’s cheque book out and make Fiera and Basalt… Read more »

freeloader
freeloader
Reply to  M Mason.
1 month ago

starting bids will be no less than £250 to £300 million

the council gets through about £200 million a year on frontline services on the island – they cannot afford to buy a the ferry and as for running it, no chance – floating bridge as an example

M Mason.
M Mason.
Reply to  freeloader
1 month ago

Don’t be silly Freeloader. Their share capital has diminished out of all proportion over the past 12 months for the obvious reasons, like many other corporate companies. You could knock 100m all day long off of that figure, and i’m telling you they would cut their losses in the city and take it! Capital funding for local authorities are there for infrastructure works and other capital projects. All applications to borrow could easily be approved by the Secretary of State for the department of communities and local Government. You would borrow the money over 25/30 or even 50 years. How do you think the council found the money for PFI contract for Island roads? Asked James Dyson (the richest man in the country) for a sub? As i said earlier if there is a will from our local authority and momentum behind the idea they could buy either Wightlink or… Read more »

Dave
Dave
1 month ago

Wonder how much they will charge for pedestrians when the walkway is finished…
Would think all travel up and down pier would be free, due to the huge cost of the boat fare !

Scared of mainlanders
Scared of mainlanders
1 month ago

Disappointing from Wight Link , but don’t lose sight of the fact that the DFLs are also culpable as usual.

Bored of ferry bashing now
Bored of ferry bashing now
1 month ago

Honestly Island Echo… the toll has been £1.30 for over a year now so there is no increase in price!!
All of you commenting clearly do not drive up the pier or you would know this!
Stop the vendetta… some of appreciate the service as we work in Portsmouth!
No fixed link will ever replace the 20 minute journey
So if you don’t want to pay (like you always have had to do) WALK or use the train!!

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Island Echo
1 month ago

You make sound like there is a new charge though. Selective reporting

freeloader
freeloader
Reply to  Bored of ferry bashing now
1 month ago

no you did not always have to pay…years ago, I used to drive up that pier, park up, go to work, arrive back from pompey in the afternoon, get in the car and drive home – no charges whatsoever.

freeloader
freeloader
Reply to  Bored of ferry bashing now
1 month ago

what train would that be – as there arent any for three months now.

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Bored of ferry bashing now
1 month ago

Excuse me 20 min… you need a new watch.. from getting on to getting off it takes easily 30 min.. the ferry takes 23 to 25 min depending on weather and tides, sometimes even longer… I do not know why they charge for the Pier, the ferry ticket prices are so high now they should include the pier..
But they could easily add 50p (each way) to tickets for those going just to Pier head, and naturally more if going onto train anywhere.. or do they already add extra to get to esplanade..? Why is it called the FAST CAT… should just be called Catamaran service.. Hovercraft quicker, don’t call it FasterHover… idiots..

red squirrel
red squirrel
1 month ago

Wait for it, next will be the introduction of ANPR cameras that will charge you from the minute you drive onto the pier to when you exit to rake in more money for our greedy council.

Chris
Chris
Reply to  red squirrel
1 month ago

Get your facts right – the pier is owned by Wightlink not the council.

red squirrel
red squirrel
Reply to  Chris
1 month ago

My apologiesi thought it was only rented by WL i stand corrected however it still paves way then for WL to instal ANPR pay as you go parking.

Dave
Dave
Reply to  red squirrel
1 month ago

already have them..

red squirrel
red squirrel
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

Thats just for speeding at present but only a matter of time for them to tweek the system for parking with a new bit of software.

island girl
island girl
1 month ago

Why are they charging from today, when there isnt even a ferry service operating, seems odd, i suppose they will be charging soon for pedestrians walking up there

JHVF
JHVF
1 month ago

No mention of a cash option ?

Dave
Dave
Reply to  JHVF
1 month ago

Really, could you imagine the queues whilst someone or more is searching for correct change… will probably go back to cash also when it is raised to £1.50..

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