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.
“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.