Scilly Isles transport link talks to be held with minister
A pressure group will meet with a Government minister next month to discuss the future of transport links between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly.
Continued concerns about the state of services to and from the mainland have resulted in the crunch meeting between the Friends of Isles of Scilly Transport (FRIST) and Minister for Transport Norman Baker.
The talks, on November 1, will allow islanders, who are battling to safeguard the lifeline crossing, and Whitehall to thrash out their ideas.
"Our request to meet the minister was based on the immediate need for a lifeline service on the cessation of the helicopter service and our principal long-term objective to secure a service for passengers and freight that is reliable, regular, all year round and comparably affordable to that provided in the Scottish isles," said Marian Bennett, co-ordinator of FRIST.
The island councillor added that those travelling to London for the talks will use it to highlight a number of issues surrounding the grounding of the helicopter service and its impact on the community and economy.
The delegation, she said, will hope to hit home the difficulties of travelling during the winter when "the only passenger service will be a fixed wing aircraft susceptible to cancellations due to fog, wind or waterlogged runway".