A CROSS-PARTY delegation, lead by Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner, is to meet with a government minister next week to discuss cross-Solent travel.
Following a public meeting last month organised by the Isle of Wight Trades Union Council, at which the cuts were opposed, Mr Turner undertook to seek a meeting with transport minister Stephen Hammond.
That meeting will take place next Tuesday, at the Department for Transport offices in London and among the invited delegates will be representatives Solent Ferry Users Group and Isle of Wight TUC.
The group will be raising the impact of the recent cuts in Wightlink services and will be pointing to the extent the Island relies on cross-Solent ferry services.
It will highlight the impact that service cuts and fare prices have on Islanders and the Island’s economy as a whole.
Mr Turner said: "I was pleased to organise this opportunity to lobby the minister on a cross-party basis.
"In the past we have had some success with that approach and at least it shows that the Island is speaking as one voice.
"I am not expecting any quick fixes — the market study by the Office of Fair Trading demonstrated that there are none — however ministers are in listening mode and we can discuss any ideas that we have to improve things."