Visit Isle of Wight has rewarded Red Funnel Ferries for promoting sustainable transport.

To reach ‘Gold Star’ status, businesses are required to meet at least seven out of the eight criteria set by Visit Isle of Wight including.

That includes providing information to customers about travelling to its premises using sustainable transport, providing information to customers about exploring the Isle of Wight using sustainable transport, providing dedicated facilities for cyclists and walkers, plus offering a discount or incentive to customers who arrive by sustainable transport.

Fran Collins, CEO at Red Funnel said:

“We are proud to be awarded Gold Star status from Visit Isle of Wight in recognition of our promotion of sustainable transport. Sustainability, and the health of our environment, is something that Red Funnel is extremely passionate about. We are always thinking of and implementing ways to increase our customers’ awareness about sustainable transport on both sides of the Solent, as well as reducing our impact on the world around us.

“The Isle of Wight is fortunate to have excellent bus links via Southern Vectis and it’s a well-known fact that the Island is a haven for cyclists with incredible cycling routes and trails. We are happy to accommodate cyclists bringing their bicycles over on foot via our Southampton-East Cowes route and there’s no extra charge for this.”

The firm says it is also running a scheme to reduce its impact on the environment, including reducing plastics on-board, increasing dry recycling and improving fuel efficiency.