PRICES for the Sandbanks Ferry are set to rise amid “heavy financial strain”.
The Sandbanks Ferry Company said rising costs and increased corporation tax – combined with “lower than projected income”, had put the firm under pressure.
Now, the ferry company is hoping it will able to align tolls to inflation and “reduce some of the unsustainable discounts currently available while increasing others”.
“At a meeting, which included Councillors from both BCP and Dorset Councils, the ferry company agreed with stakeholders that should inflation ever become negative it would mean a reduction in tolls,” a spokesperson for the company said.
“Given this undertaking the initiative received unilateral support.”
MD of the ferry Company, Jason du Toit, added: “The costs of running the ferry service have risen exponentially while income has fallen in real terms.
“To ensure the continued operation of the ferry service beyond the next decade we have explored all options open to us.”
Full details of the proposed increases can be found at www.sandbanksferry.co.uk/application.