Responding to today’s (11 November) announcement by Red Funnel, Isle of Wight Council leader, Dave Stewart, said:
I welcome the retention of vital commuter services between Cowes and Southampton. These will be daily, hi-speed foot passenger sailings which meet the needs of most regular passengers still travelling for essential reasons.
I cannot over emphasise how important it is for the Island to maintain good commuter services through this second lockdown. They provide a lifeline for Islanders who need to travel to the mainland for work, to attend medical appointments or attend school.
As I said yesterday, I understand the pressures of lockdown are having a significant impact on our ferry companies, caused by reduced footfall and, like many other businesses, they are clearly reviewing their service provision.
As a council we will continue to lobby for services to be maintained to their fullest and the Island has connectivity with the mainland in a way that provides a vital lifeline for goods, services and keyworkers.