The Isle of Wight Better Ferry Campaign
The Isle Of Wight Better Ferry Campaign was set up by a group of business-led Islanders, Patrick Seely, Nicholas Finney, Andrew Palmer and John Buckland with support from Island MP Andrew Turner. This dynamic and proactive initiative was launched to bring about positive change and improvement to existing ferry services to and from the Island and the mainland. We have absolutely no personal financial interest in any solutions which are eventually created but as businessmen, we will benefit as everyone will from major improvements to the ferry services.
A better served Isle of Wight
We want the Island Community to control to a greater degree the lifeline transport links to and from the mainland and around the Island. Ideally, this means taking a financial stake in these services by way of Community Interest Company but we do accept that there could be other ways to engage with the companies to effect positive change and improvement for Islanders.
We want private finance to be of a long term nature, working with the Community to improve efficiency, flexibility and excellent connectivity with wherever possible lower prices.
Above all we want the companies to understand and reach out to residents and businesses on the Island and appreciate that they represent a vital part of their market.
No more cuts
Ferry services on routes to and from the mainland are in a steady decline, while prices continue to rise. The IoW BFC want no further service reductions, the re-introduction of critical early/late crossings, more price competition and Islanders to be recognised as valued customers.
Are you affected?
We’ve talked to many residents, visitors and businesses to know what an essential lifeline the ferry services offer. Now we want to reach out to communities across the Island and build a platform for public opinion. At present every ferry user is paying for the current unsustainably high debts through a reduced service and higher fares. We believe this is not right or fair and we think everyone deserves a better, more flexible ferry service.
Beyond your doorstep
Even if you think you’re not directly taking the brunt, think again. There is an entire network of communities across the Island and beyond – residents, visitors and businesses, whose lives are deeply affected, which indirectly impacts you too. Regular commuters struggle to cope, while local business pay over the odds to survive, friends and family can’t afford to visit and holiday makers stay away.
We want all of our activity to be focused on giving you, whomever you are, to have a strong voice through our campaign.
We want to work alongside those institutions and groups that also seek to improve services, but we will be strongly independent of such bodies preferring to criticise or support as necessary in the interest of those who are part of our campaign.