Why do we need an Isle of Wight Fixed Link Campaign?
- 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.
- PRO-LINK respect that for some, 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 islands welfare, can be 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 the 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.
- This barrier has now in the 21st century, caused a continuing spiral of socio-economic deprivation while the surrounding South East mainland enjoys vibrant success and investment. However, continuing to have an interrupted coastline to distinguish its borders, the IOW will still be an island.
- PRO-LINK believes that the natural topographical advantages of being surrounded by a stunning coastline, along with beautiful countryside will continue with a connecting road tunnel. With easy and reliable access, the Isle of Wight will 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.
The PRO-LINK intentions are to:
- Campaign and facillitate access to a 24hr, 365 day alternative to the now outdated sole ferry option .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 why IOW institutions, the ex MP and the old IOW Council administrations are continually and repeatedly afraid to stand up to the IOW Ferry Companies, while the 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 island now has a new MP – Bob Seely, who appears to misunderstand the concept of freedom of movement, having never lived on the island.
- Facilitate the implementation of a new Government backed and independent, up to date Fixed Link Tunnel Feasibility 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.
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