The cost of driving up Ryde Pier is to double from £1 to £2.

Wightlink says it is also introducing a new contactless system for people wishing topay by credit or debit cards, or Apple and Android Pay. That will cost £1.30.

Wightlink says the new system is designed the make the process quicker.

A spokesperson for Wightlink said:

“There are no discounts or dispensation for Accessible /Disabled customers entering the pier by vehicle at present and there are no plans to change that.”
It is the first price increase since 2011.

Season Ticket holders with 30-day parking ticket can continue to access the pier for free.

The new changes will come into force this Sunday (15).

Wightlink says:

“Our FastCat customers will have the choice to pay the toll by contactless credit debit cards or with Apple and Android Pay on smart phones as well as cash.

“From Sunday 15 September 2019, the Pier toll will be £1.30 for contactless credit and debit cards (excl. Amex) and smartphones and £2 for cash.

“This is the first increase since 2011 and reflects the cost of repairs and maintenance of the 205 year old Grade Two listed structure.

“Wightlink invested £5.5million refurbishing Ryde Pier in 2010. Since then, further repairs and maintenance has cost £2.6m. Work currently underway involves wrapping the pler’s concrete piles in carbon fibre to protect them from corrosion at a cost of £155,000.

“Ryde Pier is the UK’s oldest working pier, and the second-longest. We are very conscious of its heritage and are determined to keep it in good condition. Increasing the toll in line with inflation helps us defray the cost of repairs and maintenance. We’ve listened to the many customers that told us they would like to pay the pier toll by card or smartphone and this new barrier entry system gives this option.

“The new entry system installation will begin Monday 9 September and will go live at 4pm on Sunday September 15.

“Season Ticket holders with 30-day parking ticket can continue to access the pier for free.”