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VIDEO: MP ASKS MINISTER TO LOOK AT ‘FERRY DUOPOLY’ ON THE SOLENT

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has asked Ministers to look into the ‘ferry duopoly’ of Wightlink and Red Funnel and the ‘most expensive ferry route in the world’.

Mr Seely spoke during a parliamentary debate on regional transport infrastructure in Westminster yesterday (Tuesday) and highlighted the issue that the Solent has – a ‘duopoly’ involving the cross-Solent ferry operators Wightlink and Red Funnel.

Speaking during yesterday’s debate, Seely said:

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“I would love Ministers to look at the ferry duopoly on the Solent.

“It is the most expensive ferry route in the world, and many issues that relate to the ownership of the two ferry companies are not necessarily in the public interest and help to sustain the very high fares that Islanders are forced to pay.

“There is also the issue of the debt that is loaded on to at least one of those companies.”

It wasn’t just the ferries that the MP spoke about. Mr Seely also took the opportunity to highlight the age of Island Line trains and pressed the Transport Minister to be ‘generous’ in passing through the priced option for Island Line which would result in the Isle of Wight seeing refurbished 40-year-old rolling stock.

As reported by Island Echo back in October, it is thought the Island could see ‘Class 230’ trains in the future. However, the decision on the priced option has been delayed until after Brexit.

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