Ditch a car commute for a ferry, says MP

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THE MP for Gosport has said commuters could have a shorter journey by taking a ferry via the Isle of Wight, rather than the motorway.

Caroline Dinenage said the hour-and-a-half journey from Southampton to Portsmouth would be quicker if commuters went from to Cowes, travelled to Ryde and then took a ferry to Portsmouth.

Ms Dinenage’s suggestion would cost more than £50 a day but would avoid delays on the M27.

Speaking in the House of Commons, she said: ‘The distance between Portsmouth and Southampton is just 20 miles, yet at peak times that journey can take well over an hour by road.’

Ms Dinenage made the point as she moved an adjournment debate, discussing transport links across the south.

As reported yesterday, she called for investment in the A32 and M27.

She said: ‘This government has a good record on investment for London and the north.’

She added a study estimates road congestion costs Hampshire around £400m each year.