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STORM DENNIS: CROSS-SOLENT CANCELLATIONS AS ADVERSE WEATHER HITS

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As Dennis the menace approaches the Isle of Wight, cross-Solent travel is already being affected this morning (Saturday).

Hovertravel have suspended their Ryde to Southsea service until further notice due to the strong winds. An update is expected from the operator at 20:30.

Wightlink and Red Funnel services are running to timetable but both companies are expecting disruption this weekend. Those looking to travel to/from the Isle of Wight are being advised to check before they travel.

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On the Red Jet, a 1-boat service is in operation departing Southampton at XX:45 and Cowes XX:15 due to a technical issue.

A yellow weather warning is in force for the Isle of Wight. Find out more here: https://www.islandecho.co.uk/wet-weekend-in-store-for-the-isle-of-wight-weather-warning-remains-in-force/.

UPDATE @ 12:35 – Wightlink have now suspended their Yarmouth to Lymington car ferry service. The suspension is until further notice.

UPDATE @ 15:35 – Red Funnel’s hi-speed Red Jet has now been suspended due to the adverse weather conditions.

UPDATE @ 15:44 – Red Funnel’s Vehicle ferry service from East Cowes has also been suspended until further notice as of 16:30 from Southampton and 18:00 from East Cowes.

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UPDATE @ 17:58 – Due to the extremely strong winds, Wightlink have cancelled the 19:00, 22:00 and 23:59 sailings from Portsmouth and the 18:00, 20:00 and 23:00 from Fishbourne.

UPDATE @ 19:20 – Wightlink have suspended their Fishbourne-Portsmouth service effective after the 20:00 from Portsmouth and the 21:00 from Fishbourne.

This latest suspension means that there will be no car ferries operating to or from the Isle of Wight after 21:00 – unless other services come back into operation.

The Fastcat service between Ryde and Portsmouth is still operating to timetable and is the only passenger service in operation.

UPDATE @ 19:31 – Red Funnel’s Red Jet will remain suspended for the rest of the night and tomorrow morning with an update to be provided at 09:00.

UPDATE SUNDAY – For details on Sunday cancellations and delays visit https://www.islandecho.co.uk/sunday-suspensions-and-cancellations-for-cross-solent-travel/.

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Ken
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Hopefully no one needs to get to a mainland hospital urgently, or to see a dying family member on or off the island! It’s the 21st century, & there needs to be another way on & off. Fixed link ASAP solentfreedomtunnel.co.uk

Vee
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No I don’t agree with the tunnel simply because everyone will cross it; people cross boarders and get to places by boats from other countries and also Isle of Wight can you imagine what Isle of Wight will turn into with everyone just coming over here. Also for major disruptions there is an emergency helicopter that st Mary’s hospital use if it’s an emergency and they need to get to the hospital. I understand ide want family members there as quick as possible and if the Isle of Wight can provide a helicopter due to the disruptions and they are still going to get the care they need then there is no need for a tunnel.

Smithy
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We are an island. Like it or lump it! Or move off!

Smithy
Smithy
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Nobody can change the weather. You don’t hear the Scottish isles complaining and they have far worse weather than we do

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@ken –

there will not be any tunnel ..how many more times have we got to have this discussion.

If you live on an island, you accept the limitations that go with it.

if you are so worried about being able to get off the island, 24 hours a day, seven days a week – then damned well move to the mainland and save yourself the worry.

James Edwards
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I know the Ferry operators cannot help bad weather, and the severity of the pres eat weather is bound to interfere with operating schedules, but I do have to question the fact that Wightlinks Portsmouth-Fishbourne service has been suspended.
The P-F service historically was the LAST service to be cancelled. Is it now suffering from the effects of weather due to the size of the main ferries (Victoria of Wight and St. Claire)?
When they ran the older car ferries (St Helen, St Faith, St Catherine, St Cecilia) they seems to be able to run, okay to a disrupted timetable, but they still ran.
Am I correct in guessing that the increased size of the newer ferries has resulted in operational difficulties due to their ‘slab sided’ shape?
I recall many years ago, 2014 in fact, waiting in Portsmouth for the car ferry and seeing the St Claire enterPortsmouth harbour SIDEWAYS due to the high winds. In fact, Wightlink had to unload her at the International Ferry Port as they could not get her into Gunwharf due to the weather.
Bigger is not always better…

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yep – they left victoria at fishbourne- didn’t want to risk bringing it back to pompey -too high sided for this weather and narrow berthing arrangements.

another brilliant design, by someone who probably has no idea about the requirements and completely ignored the older designs, thinking they knew better.

Heather Holloway
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Such a shame for people hoping to spend half term here

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