Wightlink's Mud Recharge is not working as contracted. As predicted by LRA. Click on the button below for a report by LRA specialists.
The Final Word on Ferries from those on the Isle of Wight. Click the button below:
PUBLIC ENQUIRY: INSPECTORS REPORT Overall conclusion
323. I have concluded, having regard to the project as a whole, including the
ferry operations, that it will not adversely affect the integrity of the Natura
2000 sites and there would be no damage to the SSSI. Having considered all
other matters, I am satisfied that the appeal developments accord with the
provisions of national and local planning policy and are acceptable. Accordingly
for the reasons given above I conclude that the appeals should be allowed and
planning permission granted.
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Lymington Society Press Release on the result of the Wightlink Public Enquiry, click button below:
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On Monday 14th March 2011 Radio Solent held a 'Commutors Confidential' broadcast from aboard a Wightlink ferry. To hear an extract click on the button below.
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There have recently been emails and Tweets about the Lymington River Association which are untrue. They have alleged that the LRA wishes to close down the Lymington to Yarmouth Ferry. Nothing could be further from the truth. The LRA knows that the ferry is essential for Lymington, Yarmouth and West Wight. But the new W Class ferry is not what is required. It carries far fewer passengers than the previous C class. Why? Because it is orientated to carry lorries above all. It carries only 360 passengers against the previous 510 - while it carries 348 tonnes of vehicles when the C Class carried only 156 tonnes.
Is this what is needed? The LRA believes that a smaller, faster, cheaper ferry is needed. This will carry the passenger load needed by the people and avoid the unpleasant scenes witnessed when passengers could not get to the Island for the 'Old Gaffers' because train and coach passengers were already filling all 360
places. A smaller ferry will be less environmentally damaging. It will not require the ludicrous 'mitigation' of dumping of 2,000 tonnes of dredging sludge, pumped by pipeline onto a 'site of special scientific interest' and bird sanctuary. Wightlink W Class was introduced illegally. Wightlink should produce a legal solution. If not there are plenty of operators who would like to take on this lucrative operation.WIGHTLINK AT LAST ARE FORCED TO LEGALISE THEIR OPERATIONS BY
GETTING PLANNING PERMISSIONS
Wightlink have at last been compelled to seek planning permission for
the operation of the W Class Ferries that they introduced illegally two
They have applied to New Forest District Council for works to change
Wightlink are also applying for what they call 'mitigation'. They want
to dump 2,000 tons of mud dredged from the river onto the marshes at
the far end of Pylewell Lake. This is manifestly not 'mitigation' but a
means by which they hope to avoid having to take any steps at true
Mitigation. This will be challenged in Court by LRA if Wightlink go
There is now a third Regulator from whom Wightlink have to get Planning permission. This is the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).
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LYMINGTON TIMES 20th FEBRUARY 2010
PRESS RELEASE BY LYMINGTON RIVER ASSOCIATION 16/02/2010
Introduction of Much Larger Isle of
Wight W Class Ferries ‘Unlawful’
Lymington River Association (LRA) warmly welcomed the High Court
decision announced today which has decisively ruled in the LRA’s
favour over their Judicial Review against DEFRA and Wightlink
concerning the introduction of the new extremely large W Class
ferries on the Lymington to Yarmouth route.
judgment by Mr Justice Owen, released this morning, declares that theWightlink
by introducing new much larger W Class ferries onto the route and
that the Board of Wightlink had put Wightlink’s commercial
interests above their legal duty as a public authority to protect the
environment. The Judge awarded full costs to the LRA indicating his
assessment of the strength of the LRA case.
Justice Owen also decided that DEFRA failed to fully and properly
transpose the EU Habitats Directive into domestic law in the Habitats
Regulations, thereby leaving a huge gap in marine habitat protection
in this country.
LRA, supported by 2400 petitioners, is seeking a ferry service that
does not erode the marshes, thereby adversely affecting the habitats
and coastal defences of Lymington Harbour. The Court’s
decisions enable all stakeholders to call on Wightlink to consult, as
they were required to do, and introduce a safe ferry service that
works in harmony with the habitats and has regard to the amenities of
the Lymington River for the people of the New Forest and the West
LRA brought the High Court action against DEFRA and Wightlink
reluctantly, having tried for almost two years to persuade the
regulators and Wightlink to carry out a proper scientific assessment
of the likely impact of more than 22,000 annual ferry crossings with
the W Class, before replacing the old vessels with these much larger
this High Court judgment makes clear, the responsible government
agencies had failed to put in place laws to protect marine
environments - despite their obligations to do so under European law.
This left government agencies powerless to intervene when Wightlink
unilaterally decided, in the face of advice from Natural England and
the Lymington Harbour Commission, to introduce the much larger W
Class before completing proper evaluation of their likely impacts on
the environment and on other river users.
Justice Owen acknowledges that, due to the actions of the LRA in this
case, new laws have now been brought forward by DEFRA to strengthen
protection for marine environments for the whole country.
today after the Judgment Mr Marc Malanaphy Chairman of the LRA said:
inexcusable that we had to go to the High Court to put
right a situation where the
responsible government agencies had failed to put in place laws to
protect the marine environment - despite their obligations to do so
under European law - and which left them powerless to intervene when
Wightlink unilaterally decided, in the face of advice from Natural
England and the Lymington Harbour Commission, to introduce the much
larger W class before completing proper evaluation of their likely
impacts on the environment and on other river users.
It is also unfortunate
that Wightlink put their own commercial interest above protecting the
important habitats nearby - which should have the highest level of
protection - when they unilaterally decided to introduce these huge
We remain concerned
that the authorities are still underestimating the damage these
vessels are causing and we will be continuing to carry out detailed
analysis of recent surveys which we feel demonstrate a large increase
in damage since they came into service. We hope that Natural England
will take our concerns seriously when we present our findings to them
shortly and revise their current advice to the regulators.
issues for and the impact on, other river users, would seem to be
substantial and will receive ever more attention from us in the weeks
and months to come.
: Richard Buxton Environmental and Public Law
A present to Lymington from Wightlink : By dead of night the new ferry
'Wight Light' crept into Lymington, causing some consternation to those
who opened their curtains to find it blocking their view of the
Isle-of-Wight. But they will have to get used to it - now there are
"Two ferries, the one on the left "marginally bigger" according to
Wight Light - Open Day - Tuesday 28th October 2008
"The view from the Helmsmans eye position. No view of the area in front
of the ship"
Canoeists eye view - completely unseen from the Bridge of the Ferry
"If you cannot see the ferry’s bridge, they will not be able to see you"
Who hit all the Piles?
"Damage on the Lymington ferry berth and matching scars on 'Wight
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