Companies respond to blast from Isle of Wight MP

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ISLE of Wight MP Andrew Turner has called for a review into Solent ferry services.

Mr Turner was speaking at a House of Commons debate where he said the operators ‘have huge debts’ and were not offering value for money.

He complained about the high price of tickets and reduced number of crossings, adding: ‘The truth is, the Isle of Wight, and islanders, are suffering from inflated prices and service cuts which were caused by the decisions of the operators.’

He called for a government review into Red Funnel and Wightlink, which operates from Portsmouth.
Red Funnel said it was ‘acutely aware’ of the issues and investment has begun to address them. It added its customer satisfaction rating was high.
And, in a statement, Wightlink said: ‘Wightlink’s ownership structure does not influence the price of fares. Its current owners have invested £70m over the last six years on five new boats and significant shoreside improvements, without taking a penny from Wightlink as profit.’