DISABILITY charity Isle Access has been reassured by the Isle of Wight's cross-Solent operators that Brexit will mean no change in how disabled passengers are treated.

In light of the new Trade In Services agreement between the UK and the EU, the charity had concerns regarding the provision of ferry services for disabled people on the Isle of Wight, and visitors.

It set about contacting the ferry companies and asked if they could assure them there will be no reduction to the availability, process of transportation and level of service given to disabled passengers.

The charity added: "As there are no other means of crossing The Solent it is crucial to residents and visitors that the regulations prior to January 1, 2021 are maintained or improved on."

Fran Collins, chief executive of Red Funnel, said: "Firstly, let me reassure you that Red Funnel’s commitment to ensuring the provision of services to all customers, including passengers with reduced mobility or those requiring special assistance, is unchanged and remains one of our highest priorities.

“Please be reassured that the legislation to which you refer has not been materially changed as part of its incorporation into post-Brexit legislation."

Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, said: "Rest assured Hovertravel's position is that of others and hope that gives all users the assurance needed.

“If anyone has an issue, concern or even a question, I would be more than happy to answer personally.”

Keith Greenfield, chief executive of Wightlink, said: "I can assure you that Wightlink has no plans to reduce the level of service or availability of services for disabled passengers. The thought to do that would not even occur.”