Why are we paying so much to cross a short stretch of water?

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A quick bike ride from Gosport to Hayling Island, with four children and a husband in tow, should surely fit in with the local and national governments’ agenda of keeping fit and reducing weight.

It’s a lovely ride, along Southsea front by the beautiful sea. However, the cost of this little trip? A whopping £37 for a few minutes crossing the water.

Why is it that we’re paying so much to travel by water, when it’s so much shorter?

If all children were able to travel free on weekends and bank holidays, surely there would be an increased use of ferries by families and we would all be thinner and happier because of it.

Meanwhile the ferry companies would still make their money from all the paying adults. Just a thought.