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Wightlink will operate a temporary overnight timetable for a total period of 5 weeks later this year as a result of the resurfacing of Fishbourne Lane, a scheme which is set to last 10 weeks.

It has been announced today (Monday) that there will be 5 weeks of overnight weekday road closures that will effect Wightlink’s cross-Solent services.

Between Monday 30th September and Friday 1st November, Wightlink will cancel 2 overnight round-trip sailings between Monday and Thursday. They will be the 22:00 and 23:59 from Portsmouth and the 23:00 and 01:00 from Fishbourne.

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On Friday nights, the 22:00 from Portsmouth and 23:00 from Fishbourne will be rescheduled to 21:00 from Pompey and 22:00 from Fishbourne. The 23:59 from Portsmouth and 01:00 from Fishbourne will be cancelled.

Extra sailings will be scheduled on the Lymington-Yarmouth route during closure periods (Monday-Friday). They will be 23:05 and 01:05 from Lymington, and 23:59 and 02:00 from Yarmouth.

Wightlink have already notified customers that frequently use these overnight sailings and moved their bookings.

The duration of the entire scheme is 10 weeks, but this is phased to avoid work during the school summer holidays and ensuring that road closures are kept to a minimum with work under temporary traffic signals at other times.

Phase 1: Monday 15th July – Friday 19th July (1 week before school holidays, work under temporary traffic signals, manned during daytime hours to optimise traffic flow)
Phase 2: Monday 2nd September – Friday 27th September (1 week outside of school holidays, work under temporary traffic signals, manned during daytime hours to optimise traffic flow)
Phase 3: Monday 30th September – Friday 1st November (5 weeks, road closure night time only, shorter shifts to assist with ferry timetable and local business and resident access. No work Saturday and Sunday nights)

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Keith Greenfield, Wightlink’s Chief Executive, says:

“Unfortunately, some of our customers travelling overnight will be inconvenienced by these changes to our timetable, but these roadworks on Fishbourne Lane need to be done. We are working closely with our partners at Island Roads to minimise disruption and have scheduled extra night time sailings on our Lymington to Yarmouth route during the closure periods.”

Stephen Ashman, Island Roads service director says:

“This is a complex scheme as we have to balance many factors including the need to reduce the impact on what is one of the Island’s most significant car ferry ports.

“We have worked closely with Wightlink to come up with a scheme that we hope strikes the balance between the need to upgrade this road and also the needs of all those who use it.

“We realise that despite taking steps to minimise disruption, this scheme will cause some inconvenience so we would like to thank all businesses, residents in the vicinity, and other key local stakeholders for their support.

“ Today (Monday) we have met elected members to discuss this scheme. We will take on board suggestions made at this meeting as we progress the plans and we will continue to keep everyone updated as these plans progress.

“We hope any short-term disruption will be more than offset by having a greatly improved – and quieter – road serving one of the key strategic gateways to the Island.”

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