Only cars and other small vehicles under 2 metres in height and 5.5 metres in length will be able to travel on Red Funnel’s car ferry service over Christmas, as the company work to resurface the loading ramp in East Cowes.
The cross-Solent operator are carrying out the essential maintenance to the lower loading ramp between Saturday 24th and Tuesday 27th December to ensure it will operate safely and effectively for years to come. The work means the lower vehicle deck on all sailings during this period is out of use and as a result all commercial vehicles, motorhomes and towed vehicles will be unable to travel.
Red Funnel are warning that vehicles with particularly low ground clearance may also be affected by the restriction due to the angle of the upper deck loading ramp onto the upper deck and no trailers can be shipped during this period.
It has not been possible to pre-book vehicles which do not comply with the above restrictions but customers should be aware that roof boxes and overhead bike racks may exceed the maximum height restriction – this would prevent the vehicle from being shipped.
Customers who haven’t pre-booked are advised to do so either online or by phone to ensure their vehicle can be accommodated.
Timetable wise; Red Funnel is operating a frequent 3 ship service on 24th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th December 2016 and 2nd January 2017. The usual 2 round trips will operate on Christmas Day (Sun 25th) and a 2 ship timetable is in place on New Year’s Eve (Sat 31st) and New Year’s Day (Sun 1st).
Murray Carter, customer service director said:
“The resurfacing of the lower loading ramp at East Cowes has been carefully planned to keep disruption to an absolute minimum. However, whilst we are operating additional sailings, it won’t be possible to ship most commercial vehicles, motorhomes and towed vehicles between 24 & 27th December.
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“Although most customers are already aware of the restrictions we would like to apologise for any inconvenience this essential work may cause”.
Foot passengers travelling via East Cowes will be unaffected and the work does not impact on the Southampton-West Cowes Red Jet service.
Details of the timetable and restrictions can be found online at www.redfunnel.co.uk/timetable. Specific advice is also available on 02380 019 192.