With the election done and dusted, normal lives resume and our ferry services can be looked at afresh with an experienced MP in Andrew Turner re-elected, a stable central Government and the Island’s political community united around the need to improve our transport infrastructure. Of course our ferry services are
We asked all of the prospective Isle of Wight parliamentary candidates to provide us with a little information on the ways in which they would like to see the Islands Ferry services progress, and how they go about implementing these changes. We received a response from two candidates, Andrew Turner
It has been announced this morning that Isle of Wight ferry company, Wightlink, has been sold. According to Wightlink’s latest press release:. “Wightlink Ferries has a new owner. Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners LP ( BBIP ) has purchased the company from Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund ( MEIF ) for an
‘The current agreed vision for the task force is: "A multi modal transport system for the Isle of Wight that is secure, accessible and affordable and which underpins the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Island community”’. This Month, a meeting with Transport Minister, John Hayes, took place in
The Better Ferry Campaign gives wholehearted support to the moves by Red Funnel to introduce a slightly later timetable for RedJet Services, Mon-Thu, during December. People travelling to and from the Isle of Wight this winter are set to receive a boost as later sailings mean more time to have
Some of the content of the Wightlink statement regarding further cuts in services is disingenuous. The further diminution of services on the Lymington / Yarmouth services and the words regarding the St Helen once again demonstrates how Wightlink disassemble the truth. This is yet another story of failure and the
On Friday November 6th IOW radio held a short debate regarding the possibility of a fixed link for the Island. Chris Whitehouse, Conservative Councillor for Newport West and Secretary to the Conservative group on the Council , Luisa Hillard, an Independent Councillor for East Cowes, and Ian McKee, UKIP candidate
"Wightlink may improve multi-link tickets" - The response to multi-link ticket complaints in The Isle of Wight County Press 24.10.14
Please read the article below, published in The Isle of Wight County Press on the 24th of October 2014. It contains the response to complaints over the Multi-link tickets from Wightlink’s chief executive, John Burrows. Let us know what you think. You can also read Nicholas Finney’s letter to The
"Probe should look at Multi-link tickets" - Nicholas Finney's letter to the Isle of Wight County Press 24.10.14
Read below Nicholas Finney’s letter to the County Press, regarding the way in which Multi-link tickets are sold and travel restricted. Published in The Isle of Wight County Press on October the 24th, 2014. Dear Editor. The Better Ferry Campaign ( BFC ) has received so many complaints about the
We don’t want to depress our supporters but we could face some stormy waters on fuel costs this winter due to the potential spiking of Marine fuel prices when new European emission standards come into force on the 1st January 2015. We understand that Red Funnel are not too concerned
It is clear from all the comments on our site that many islanders have been used and abused by Wightlink’s shocking restriction for passengers holding Multilink tickets. It appears that, as a matter of policy, Multilink ticket holders are denied the use of ferry services IRRESPECTIVE OF AVAILABILITY once a
For those of you wanting a little more detail on last weeks adjournment debate, here is the link to the video of MP Andrew Turner’s parliamentary debate on The Isle of Wight Ferries, available to view on the BBC Democracy Live website. You can also read the full debate below,
MP Andrew Turner has secured a debate on Isle of Wight Ferry services, to be held in parliament this coming Monday (the 13th of October). Mr Turner said: "I am pleased to have secured this debate and have already spoken informally with the new Transport Minister responsible for maritime issues,
Wightlink replied to a complaint form that we handed in to them almost 5 weeks before – with a postcard! At first glance we thought their Customer Relations team had gone on holiday! But alas, it was not so. The postcard read:. “Thank you for your recent letter to Wightlink.
We thought that Red Funnels idea of a board which said “You Said - -We did” was rather clever so we had a look at the board which is posted next to the Pursers office on the Red Osprey. We were not overly impressed. The posted comments were somewhat lukewarm
As we know from your feedback, a number of you have been at the ferry terminal of one of the Island’s ferry companies and have been less than pleased with the level of service you have received. We can also evaluate from that feedback that some ferry companies have a
The collapse of the mezzanine car deck on the Wightlink St Helen as it was being lowered is deeply worrying. Passenger safety is of paramount importance and if the investigation by the MCA accident investigation team finds structural failure this has significant implications for the replacement programme which Mcquarie the
We know some of you have been puzzled that you’ve heard very little from us recently. That’s understandable – but we were engaged in discussions with either the management of the ferry companies, or their owners and we were asked not to carry out negotiations publicly. Hence we went a
Wightlink are asking for feedback from customers specifically relating to their Multi link and Multi pass tickets. You may have received an email from them. If you have not we thought we should share with you the link so you have the opportunity to give them your feedback. This is
BETTER FERRY CAMPAIGN. Dear Sir. Mr Bowman from London is misguided in his letter. The commercial viability of Wightlink is affected far more by the very high level of debts and the unsustainable cost structure than it can ever be by the actions or inactions of the Better Ferry Campaign.
Read this Wightlink advertisement featured in the County Press 8th March 2014. Tell us what you think or write to the County Press with your views.
County Press, February 21, 2014. WIGHTLINK is giving customers the chance to vote on proposed timetable changes for Friday evenings. People have been asked to vote on which of two late sailings from Portsmouth to Fishbourne they would prefer to travel on. The most popular choice will become part of
County Press, February 21, 2014, by David Newble. WIGHTLINK has agreed an inflation proof pay deal with unions over the next five years. The agreement between the RMT , Nautilus and the company will see above inflation pay rises, particularly weighted to support lower paid staff. The ferry company employs
We’ve picked up this expensive PR film by Wightlink which appears to put positive gloss on the service they provide. Please read the article by Matt White Isle of Wight radio published 13th February, 2014. Let us know what you think. The chief executive of Visit Isle of Wight was
Read this Wightlink advertisement featured in the County Press 7th February 2014. Tell us what you think or write to the County Press with your views.
The Great IW Ferry Debate County Press February 7th, 2014. Letters from: Mr S Ward, Ryde One area which seems to have been missed in the ongoing debate regarding the Better Ferry Campaign, and other similar campaigns over the years, is that of the staff involved in the ferry companies.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY PRESS 31st January, 2014 by Martin Neville. Boosting tourism is the key to better ferry services, council watchdogs heard last week. All three ferry firms said it was critical the Island more to offer visitors. Russel Kew, Wightlink chief executive, said the market for travel to
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY PRESS 31st January, 2014 by Martin Neville. Wightlink boss Russell Kew said it was committed to being part of Island life. He said Wightlink offered a year-round comprehensive timetable, including early-morning and late-night crossings, with more sailings between Fishbourne and Portsmouth than when it was under
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY PRESS 31st January, 2014 by Martin Neville. Many key questions around future timetable plans, pricing and ownership went unanswered or not asked at all. The committee was warned at the start of the meeting that operators could not discuss certain matters in an open forum, due
The Better Ferry Campaign ( BFC ) supports the IOW Scrutiny Panel (SP) but believes the Council must not stop there. Further discussion on key questions need to be addressed with regard to Cross-Solent travel. Are the ferry company customer surveys based on reliable data? There is an enormous gap
Here are the latest ferry operators submissions to the IOW council scrutiny panel. We invite you to read these quite lengthy documents and post your comments about these submissions on our comments page.
Isle of Wight County Press January 24, 2014. Letter from Patrick Seely, Nicholas Finney, Andrew Palmer, John Buckland Better Ferry Campaign:. Mr Bowman sent an excellent letter last week, which deserves a response. He and Islanders need a better context to the Better Ferry Campaign ( BFC ). Fundamentally, our
Isle of Wight County Press January 24, 2014. Campaigners bidding to move Wightlink into the ownership of a community interest company ( CIC ) said they had been very encouraged by the initial response from Islanders. In five days, around 2,000 people gave their support to the IW Better Ferry
Isle of Wight County Press January 24, 2014. The Island must not inadvertently hit the self-destruct button in the pursuit of better ferry services, a tourism chief has warned. As a major campaign is launched to promote plans to move Wightlink into the ownership of a community interest company (
A letter to the County Press from Patrick Seely. Further to Mr Kew’s latest letter (CP, 06-12-13), we all welcome any efforts by Wightlink to make our lives simpler and cheaper but the problem is that these changes have once again been introduced abruptly and without sufficient prior consultation with
Isle of Wight County Press, 13 December 2013. New community interest company suggested to restructure massive loans and lower prices By David Newbie. An Island businessman has called for a community interest company to be formed to reduce Wightlink’s debts with the aim of cutting the cost of cross-Solent travel.
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