WIGHTLINK CONFIRM LATE EVENING FASTCAT SERVICES TO CONTINUE NEXT YEAR

Wightlink have confirmed to the Island’s MP, Bob Seely, that late evening FastCat services will continue next year following extensive campaigning on the issue.

Keith Greenfield, the cross-Solent operator’s CEO, confirmed in an email to Mr Seely last week that the much-sought-after sailings will continue in 2024.

He said:

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“Whilst our planning is still in progress, I can reassure you that the late evening Fast Cat services will remain in the timetable in 2024.”

Responding to the announcement, Bob has welcomed the decision on social media. He said:

“I am glad that Wightlink have listened to Islanders on this and I appreciate their decision. It’s good news for residents and means that passengers will continue to have more flexibility when returning either from Portsmouth or Ryde. I would like to thank all those who have campaigned on this issue.

“In my opinion, late services are an important part of the ferries’ obligations to the Island, regardless of how busy they are and regardless of whether there is legal stipulation. The late services are vital.

“I remember 1 Islander who wrote to me last year who was doing her medical training on the mainland and whose journey home each night was painfully long – after an already long day – because the last FastCat ferry was too early.

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“I am happy that she and many others can now plan their days and evenings knowing that there are late passenger services between Portsmouth and Ryde.

“I’ll be working with the Isle of Wight Council on a shared statement regarding cross-Solent travel for September. This will outline what we believe the Island should expect from cross-Solent operators.”

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islander
islander
7 months ago

“I’ll be working with the Isle of Wight Council on a shared statement regarding cross-Solent travel for September. This will outline what we believe the Island should expect from cross-Solent operators

How about you work with the council and issue a shared statement about what islanders should expect from the council – that being

  1. reduction in council tax across the board
  2. reduction in council spending on SEND kids taxis
  3. reduction in council spending on immigrants/benefit spongers
  4. sacking the housing planning dept, for approving houses, when we don’t have infrastructure for them
  5. reduction in the headcount at the council – cutting the wage bill
  6. removal of any woke driven BS from every area of the council
Zippy
Zippy
Reply to  islander
7 months ago

Reduction in moaning…

Nothing but the truth
Nothing but the truth
7 months ago

Just small beer. Political spin where someone takes something away and brings it back as though they are doing you a big favour.

When really its the price of car journeys which is the real scandal. Seely and council can talk as much as they like but have no power or influence over pricing.

R Good
R Good
7 months ago

Wonder how many tomes the critical crew member will be unavailable in the middle of winter when numbers are low and the shareholders are worried their dividends will drop.

 

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