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MP ASKS FERRY COMPANIES ABOUT WINTER RESILIENCE PLANS


In a letter to the Isle of Wight’s 3 cross-Solent ferry operators, MP Bob Seely has asked them to reassure Islanders about their preparations for winter.

The MP has sought reassurance from the companies that preparations are being undertaken by all providers to ensure that operational problems will not repeat themselves and that any delays to cross-Solent travel would be limited only by unavoidable and adverse weather.

Fog rolling in across the Solent has led to significant delays and cancellations on Red Funnel’s services in recent months, whilst strong winds have hampered Hovertravel’s ability to operate between Ryde and Southsea.

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Bob said:

“I want to avoid the same situation as last year where maintenance and operational issues – coupled with adverse weather conditions – led to significant inconvenience for Islanders. I want to make sure that the firms are confident that they will be able to provide a reliable service through winter.”

Bob has also asked whether the ferry companies would consider making reasonable adjustments to their foot ferry timetables in response to resident concerns about the impact that delayed rail services had on Islanders catching the last foot passenger ferry of the day to the Island.

Responses from Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel are yet to be received but will be published by Mr Seely.

Last year Mr Seely wrote to the 3 operators after a prolonged period of disruption due to a mix of technical and mechanical faults, legal issues and accidents.

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Election time coming up, all of a sudden Seldom Seen Seely becomes Story Seeking Seely. Joking aside, looking at his record, he’s a lot better than the last Conservative MP. But I will be voting for the only party that supports a representative parliament, the Brexit Party. Only the Brexit party want true change. And with true change we may get a transport bill that will require the ferry companies to serve the people and not just profit from them.

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none of the ferry operators have crystal balls. They can only plan to operate to their timetables. Things break, despite the best maintenance schedules.

Staff have contracted hours and are not under any obligation to hang around the Portsmouth Harbour terminal for delayed trains. Overtime is voluntary.

If your train is delayed past the departure time, then it is the car ferry for you. Been there myself. not wightlinks problem.

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Twat

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@none given either – so, perhaps you would like to elaborate on your post – after all, providing the world with a description of yourself doesn’t actually add to the topic at hand.

Your post does need one minor correction though – you need to add the words “I am a” prior to your description of your self.
would make it read better.

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