Here’s a story that ran Sunday on Radio Netherlands.
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 liberalise 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 surf 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.
Last month the island’s council rejected plans to connect Texel to the mainland by a tunnel. TESO is an island-owned company and has been running since 1907.