Dutch island ferry company organises protest swim

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Texel's islanders will join in a demonstration on Tuesday, following the government’s plans to allow more companies to operate ferry services.

19 May 2008

TEXEL - The TESO ferry service to the Dutch island of Texel has called on islanders to join a mass protest on Tuesday. The call follows government plans to allow more companies to operate ferry services to the Wadden islands off the north coast.    

TESO managing director Cees de Waal says passengers will not be better off if commercial services are introduced to the islands. He warned there would be fewer crossings in bad weather, longer waiting times and higher prices.

Under the motto "Swim to the other side?", he called on islanders to come in bathing costumes to a beach on Texel. The demonstration has been organised on the eve of a debate in the Lower House on the future of the ferry services.

In April, the island's council rejected plans for a tunnel connecting Texel to the mainland.

TESO is an island-owned company that has been operating since 1907.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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