Transport Pressure Group Step Up Campaign

The Scillonian III

FRIST, the pressure group that is pushing for the government to give the islands the same subsided travel deal and year round sea survey that Scottish islanders have, has launched the next phase of it’s campaign to drum up support for Scilly’s cause.

The Friends of Isles of Scilly Transport has launched a website,, and they want people to sign up to show that they are backing the campaign.

Advisory group member Marian Bennett says she’d like islanders to get five friends to support FRIST on facebook and on their own site.

Marian says there’s no numerical goal, and no magic trigger, just the need to make the government realise that Scilly is very important to far more people than simply the 2,000 islanders, as many people want to get here.

Marian says that the numbers of names required for a national e-petition are way beyond whatever Scilly, its visitors, and people in Penzance can achieve, but if islanders are frustrated or fearful as to what the future holds for transport links with the mainland, then she feels that support of FRIST is the way to get the islands’ voice heard in Parliament.

Marian says most islanders are very busy and important issues like transport get put on the back burner in the belief that someone else will do something about it. That, she says, is what FRIST is there for.

The group is a joint Scilly and Penzance project and Marian believes that the loss of the helicopter service has prompted many Penzance people to recognise the economic impact on their town from the transport links with Scilly.

FRIST has the support of both the Penzance Chamber of Commerce and the business group, Future Penzance.


4 Responses to Transport Pressure Group Step Up Campaign

  1. Darren September 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Bill, I feel your comments are just fuelling the flames of the ill feelings towards the islands. Have you read some of the reader comments following the articles in the Telegraph and Guardian? . Maybe the trolls are right after all.

  2. Adam Morton,St.Martins September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I hope you succeed Marian but you need a plan better than we want subsidy gimee gimee! Orkney islands recieve 30m among 20.000 islanders thats £1500 get scillonian fares down to the same assuming thers 200.000 passengers will cost at least £10.000.000 @ £5000 pp vaue for money Norman Baker ? i think not.The ferry service has to provide better value first and for that they need a more efficient ship with a more efficient service to carry more passengers.Read scotish islands federation ferry review.

  3. George September 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Bill although you may have a point numbers of people coming to the islands are falling.
    The boat trip is sometimes not the nicest way to travel.
    We are just about to lose our helicopter service.
    The government need to be aware of our situation as the islands are now so dependent on tourism, we need help to keep our economy going.
    I don’t believe that cheaper travel will attract the wrong type of person, if there is such a thing!
    The islands attract a certain type of person that enjoys the outdoor life and peace and quiet that the islands offer.
    Tourism initially took off with people enduring an awful crossing by sea just to see our beautiful islands in flower in the springtime.
    Anyone planning a stag night type activity is going to be looking for a resort that caters for them.
    Sclilly doesn’t feature on that list..
    We simply need to give our visitors and islanders a reliable and cost effective means of year around travel.

  4. Bill Hiner September 11, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Be careful about asking for the same ferry prices as Scottish islands. Many visitors I speak to come here because “a certain element” are priced out of coming.
    While I do agree we pay far too much to travel to and from the mainland, I think any subsidy should not be so much as to allow tickets at £12.50.
    These islands need protecting from “stag week-end” parties and those people who would have no regard for the relative peaceful atmosphere here, especially at night, (folk living in the centre of Hugh Town may say that noise levels are already too much at night).
    I think a subsidy,if attainable,should reduce any fare by say, 20%, just enough to encourage our life-blood visitors, and to help us residents who need to travel to and fro.