Why is there a need for an Isle of Wight Fixed Link?
- The PRO-LINK Campaign for an Isle of Wight Fixed Link, is to facilitate a means whereby islanders have a similar freedom of access to the opportunities and aspirations that others enjoy on mainland Britain… including healthcare.
- PRO-LINK respect that in the past, the uniqueness of being an isolated “island” population has been considered a blessing. However, two privately run ferry businesses profiteering at the expense of the island’s welfare, is considered an unattractive “uniqueness”.
- Evolution dictates the time has now come to change its path into the future. Cross Solent transport has to now adapt to efficient and speedy travel expectations of 21st century business, tourism, healthcare, education and social commitments. At present, all are suffering due to the island’s isolation. Change is occurring without a Fixed Link already… but detrimentally.
- Ferry crossing schedules have been severely reduced over the recent years and fares have increased. This combination provides an unaffordable barrier for those on an average island wage to venture off the island.
- The Solent ‘barrier’ has now in the 20th and 21st century, caused a continuing spiral of low wage / high unemployment socio-economic deprivation… while the surrounding South East mainland enjoys vibrant success, social mobility and investment. Connected by road tunnel to relieve the isolation it will still be an island, with the ability to create opportunities lacking at present.
- With fast, easy and reliable access, the Isle of Wight will have the potential to become the most desirable place in Britain to live, visit and perform business. With an Isle of Wight Fixed Link, it can be given the opportunity to be successful. Unfortunately though, the island’s MP- Bob Seely has personal associations and interests in both powerful ferry companies and is purposely obstructing studies and progress.
The PRO-LINK intentions are to:
- Campaign for and achieve a 24hr, 365 day alternative to the now outdated sole ferry option . A fixed link tunnel will enable people to make an immediate, reliable and seamless 4-10 minute vehicular journey ….. Read More
- Establish and expose why IOW institutions, the ex MP and the old IOW Council administrations are continually and repeatedly resisting standing up to the IOW Ferry Companies… while customers complain and the socio-economic welfare of the Isle of Wight suffers? Pages to explain what is happening are: Ferry Company Control and also the ex MP and the previous IOW Council. The new MP – Bob Seely, while not ever having lived on the island, appears to have personal interests within the ferry companies himself.
- Facilitate the implementation of an independent Fixed Link Tunnel Viability Study. A new company – Able Connections Ltd, is now providing the necessary framework to communicate with the authorities and procure the required feasibility studies. This will establish the best way forward for the island’s cross Solent transport links… the details of the PRO-LINK plans.
Since 2014, PRO-LINK has developed a line of route for the tunnel scheme that has support from the mainland authorities, with the IOW Council officially endorsing support for a feasibility study. Initially though, a ‘viability’ study needs to be performed which will confirm whether the scheme can be paid for by both Tunnel toll income and regional economic benefits providing UKPLC with a higher tax revenue. The scheme is definitely feasible as has been proven many times around the world… so if it is ‘viable’ and the benefits are substantial enough, it can be constructed.
How are we getting on so far?
- It has been a long haul, but we’ve managed to get more information out there, with more people and more authorities involved than ever before. Its going well …. Read more