Statement by the leader of the Isle of Wight Council on Red Funnel announcement

In News by Bembridge PC

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.