Early morning commuters travelling to and from the Isle of Wight can expect a level of disruption tomorrow morning (Monday) as a result of a reduced timetable on Red Funnel’s hi-speed Red Jet service.
This weekend has seen a number of sailings cancelled as a result of a technical issue with one of the Red Jets serving the West Cowes to Southampton route.
Now, cross-Solent operator Red Funnel has warned that the 08:15 and 09:15 sailings from Southampton and the 08:45 and 09:45 sailings from West Cowes tomorrow morning (16th September) have already been cancelled.
It is unknown at this stage if any further sailings will be pulled throughout Monday.
Red Funnel apologise for any inconvenience to your journey.
UPDATE MONDAY – The 18:15 and 19:15 sailings from Southampton have been cancelled alongside the 18:45 and 19:45 sailings from West Cowes.
UPDATE @ 17:30 – A Red Funnel spokesperson has said:
“We will be running a revised high-speed service this evening. The revised timetable comes a consequence of having to remove Red Jet 7 from service due to mechanical issues with the engine exhaust system. Red Jet 4 is currently out of service for annual maintenance.
Red Jet 6 will provide the sailings across the Solent this evening with a running duration of approximately 30 minutes.
“Checking the service status on our website (www.redfunnel.co.uk/service) is the best way for our customers to keep up to date on our expected departure and arrival times, and we will continue to update on the progress of the repairs.
“We also encourage our customers to consider using our vehicle passenger ferry service between Southampton and East Cowes.
“Our technical team is working hard to fit the replacement parts and hopes to have Red Jet 7 back in service by tomorrow.
“We are very sorry for the disruption caused by this unexpected situation and for the inconvenience this has caused for customers travelling with us today. Our teams on the ground are working hard to get everyone where they need to be.”
At this time the revised sailing timetable for the Red Jet service this evening is:
Departing from SOUTHAMPTON at: 17:45, 19:15, 20:45, 22:00, and 23:00.
Departing from WEST COWES at: 18:30, 20:15, 21:15, 22:30 and 23:30.