Helicopter Pullout: Tresco Estate Says It’s Business As Usual

New Grimsby Harbour, Tresco

Robert Dorrien-Smith says it’s ‘business as usual’ for Tresco Estate in the wake of the announcement that the helicopter service to that island will end in November.

Tresco has enjoyed a dedicated route from Penzance since 1983 and the loss of the service could potentially hit them hardest.

But in an upbeat statement issued by the Estate, Mr Dorrien-Smith said: “Tresco remains one of the most beautiful places in the world. My family and all Estate employees will continue to dedicate ourselves to protecting, enhancing and strengthening a place which is unique within the British Isles.”

Robert said the Estate’s immediate concern is to assure visitors that preparations have been made for this eventuality.

He said the closure of the route is regrettable but the uncertainty surrounding the helicopter and Penzance heliport has led to a weakened service. With the decision having been made, he adds, we are all now able to move forward with real purpose.

Robert reassured visitors that the Steamship Company will be able to deal with the extra capacity and that they will be offering a bespoke transfer service from arrival on the islands to departure.

“We aim to put in place a seamless travel experience suitable for all abilities and age groups” he says.

Robert adds, “Despite the sadness that will be brought by the loss of the helicopters in November, I believe that this will also be an opportunity to co-ordinate and develop a cohesive transport system that ultimately will be to the benefit of us all.”


9 Responses to Helicopter Pullout: Tresco Estate Says It’s Business As Usual

  1. George Kershaw August 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    The bespoke service being planned aims to incorporate all flights and transfers in one competitive price from what I gather.
    If in any doubt contact Tresco Estate..

  2. Martin August 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

    We all signed a petition to support the application for a grant for a community boat (firethorn) maybe something like this could be done again for the boats that transfer people from the flight to St Marys for Tresco

  3. Mike Vigar August 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Sad though it is, especially for the employees, one cannot change the fact that, if a business cannot be profitable, they cannot survive. Maybe it’s now time to be all efforts behind Skybus operation and pursue their many years of canvassing government departments to award the island a PSO (Public Service Order) that would, amongst other things help subsidise travel between the Islands and the mainland – just like the Scottish Islands have enjoyed for many years.
    Just one word of warning, this route would have to go out to tender, although I am not aware of any fixed wing operator in the UK better qualified to fill the position.

  4. Timesharer August 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    On our last visit we arrived at St Mary’s at 10am and had to wait till 2pm for the scheduled boat to Tresco, on the return, we were told a boat would be arranged as we had a mid morning flight. When we were on it we found it was classed as a special even though the other boat users were workers going to St Mary’s. No one seems to publish the cost of the boats between Tresco and St Marys or the taxi fare from the quay to the airport, and any savings by using skybus over the direct helicopter were lost.
    I cannot believe that the “bespoke” service will be for free

  5. Truan August 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I appreciate it may be a “special”, but there are scheduled boats you can take, and my point about shared boats was more that it may be the kind of thing Tresco Estate would be planning.

  6. Simon August 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Most jet boats are specials these days, everyone on Tresco and Bryher know it but what can you say.

  7. Truan August 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    £80 for a boat from Tresco to St Marys? I am assuming there are several of you and/or you are talking about a ‘special’. I would suspect that part of the ‘bespoke transfer service’ would be the return boat trip, and that by coordinating a number of people arriving/departing at the same time this would be more like the scheduled costs.
    Don’t forget, this is what people staying on the other off-islands already do.

    • Simon August 4, 2012 at 7:04 am

      I think you’ll find its only St Agnes that do that type of shared boat service.

  8. Simon August 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    The sad bit will be the £80 extra boat fares between St Marys and Tresco, the return trip could be worse if its foggy as we will have to get a boat back to Tresco and try again the next day = £160, Time to sell my time share me thinks!