Seely receives responses from ferry companies


MP Bob Seely has received responses from the Island’s three ferry companies in the light of disruption and incidents since August.

The MP wrote to Red Funnel, Wightlink and Hovertravel asking them to explain disruption to cross-Solent services, due to ‘technical and mechanical faults, legal issues and accidents’.

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He also said there had been cancellations due to weather conditions.

In reply, both Wightlink and Hovertravel apologised to passengers for disruption, although both pointed out that their services were ‘reliable’.

Red Funnel told Bob several accidents in the Medina involving its vessels were being ‘comprehensively investigated’  and added that it had experienced far less disruption than other operators. It said it was committed to operating a safe and reliable service.

Bob said: “I am pleased that all the operators are taking their responsibility for these incidents seriously and that they understand passengers’ frustrations and anger over what has happened over the last few months. I have noted what all three companies have said but I will continue to monitor their performance.”