The article regarding Multilink availability and Isle of Wight ferry prices (CP, 17-07-20) highlights the need for reform of the transport policies relating to Island access .

Sadly, we appear to have ferry providers who do not consider a wider picture of economic impact from their service and pricing policy. Nor does it reflect the implication on the population of the Island .

Read last week's article about Multilink and ferry prices here.

We are left with a true commercial operation which seeks to charge the optimum price wherever it can and to generate profits for distribution to its shareholders.

There is no surprise in this as most businesses operate on similar lines .

The material difference is that their decisions have a massive economic impact on the Island as a whole, both it's business and general population.

We hear economic debates which seem to be based upon either extreme right or left policies, while this seems to cry out for a mixed economic answer.