Request Wightlink reinstate the FastCat service for commuters and visitors.

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We are living in unprecedented times with the demands of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

During lockdown it was necessary to suspend the Competition Act 1998 to allow the 3 Isle of Wight ferry operators to work together to continue to facilitate key worker commuting and much needed supplies reaching the island by freight during lockdown. This also enabled islanders and the ferry companies staff to be better protected during the peak of the pandemic. 

One of the measures introduced was the suspension of the FastCat service operated by Wightlink from Ryde Pier to Portsmouth Harbour Train Station.

The Car Ferry service and Hovercraft (at reduced capacity due to social distancing) has picked up the passengers requiring service since then. 

Since Saturday 4th July many more people beyond key workers have returned to work safely, and with the further easing of lockdown visitors are also now travelling to the island.

This has put greater demand on services, add to this the need for car passengers to once again leave their vehicles as of Monday 13th July, and it is clear that the time has come for the FastCat service to resume as soon as practically and safely possible for the betterment of island commuters and visitors who can boost the islands economy at a much needed time. 

We therefore respectfully request that Wightlink give due consideration to restoring the FastCat, which is much needed to support the island community and its economy. 

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