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A special round-table event has been set up to get local MPs, ferry companies and a government minister together to discuss transport across the Solent, silobreaker.com reports.

Much has been made of the crossings in recent months, with suggestions of scaling back the routes being met with scorn from local residents and those who take regular Isle of Wight holidays. Some even went so far as to call for the privatisation of a crossing, likening the route to a motorway for crossing the Solent and saying that it should be mainland by government in the same way as roads.

Now, a round-table meeting has been called to debate the issue with all relevant parties involved. It will see secretary of state for transport Patrick McLoughlin meet with local councillors and representatives from the main crossing operators to speak openly about what can be done to protect the routes and ensure they’re not scaled back detrimentally.

McLoughlin will already be on the Island to launch its