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Isles of Scilly Transport Subsidy Ruled Out

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3:28pm 16th May 2013

The government rules out stumping up extra cash to support transport to the Isles of Scilly.

The Transport Secretary has been meeting MPs and officials in Falmouth after helicopter flights were scrapped last year and the ferry link missed out on funding for a major upgrade.

Campaigners want a subsidy like the Scottish islands get to protect routes and make them more affordable.

But Patrick McLoughlin told Pirate FM times are tight: "There is a scheme for the islanders to get a subsidised journey. So those things are obviously in the mix. I wish money was not an object, but it is. We're spending more money than we're earning at the moment.

"If we do the infrastructure, that is a way of subsidising. At the moment money is very tight and it hasn't been subsidised in the past and it's very difficult to look for extra money to bring these subsidies forward."

3:28pm 16th May 2013

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