FRIST Hopes Tresco Deal Will Boost Scilly Traffic

tresco pentle bayBryher councillor Marian Bennett has told members that off-islands visitors may be unhappy that Tresco travellers will enjoy a special rate for their transport.

Approved minutes from a Council Transport meeting reveal that Marian raised concerns over the reduced fares, “when so much of the journey is of the exact same quality and duration.”

But speaking to Radio Scilly news, Marian says she accepts Tresco and larger accommodation providers will broker the best deal possible for their customers and she adds that, “we would all do given the buying power.”

Nick Sanders of the Steamship Company says Tresco are a commercial business and as such reward them with a rate that reflects their number of passengers.

Cllr Bennett’s colleague on the transport action group FRIST, Dick Cliffe, says he hopes the arrangement between Tresco Estate and the Steamship Company works well and that Scilly has a good tourism season despite the national, “climate of austerity” and the loss of the helicopter service which was, “popular and convenient.”

In the Transport meeting, economic development officer Julian Pearce remarked that there could be options open to other off-islands to broker a similar deal with the Steamship Company and local boat service providers.

Marian said that FRIST is working towards affordable fares to and from the mainland for all passengers and any concession is welcomed.

Tresco Estate declined the chance to comment.

One Response to FRIST Hopes Tresco Deal Will Boost Scilly Traffic

  1. Adam Morton,St.Martins March 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Tresco has conciderably more power to deal with the SSco as with more than 20% of the footfall and under one ownership,it has the ability if it chose to take its trade elswhere as with its freight a few years back. Mr Pearson is mistaken in believing the other islands have this ability as even if they all joined together it is not as if they have an alternative if the SSco say no. We can see from company accounts that it is not possible for the company to offer this on a wide scale without financial difficulty which I feel will lead to the rest of the islands being penalised to make up the shortfall as these kinds of deal ammount to more than the SSco’s annual profit. I think it is pointless re hashing the figures to disguise bad news. RDS and the SSco have already admitted that the combined footfall is likley to be around 11.000 less this year than last which was insufficient. It is unlikly that the good deals to Tresco will bring enough extra visitors to make up this shortfall. Somhow we need these rates across the whole of the islands.