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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. 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.
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/.