Wightlink has revealed its Winter 2013 timetable on its Ryde ~ Portsmouth route, and, for the first time, is publishing a long term core timetable which will operate for at least 15 months, enabling customers to plan their working and leisure arrangements.
The new timetable comes into effect on the 30th September 2013 and continues a number of service refinements that were introduced earlier this year, including the retiming of morning sailings from the Isle of Wight to enable customers to make better use of discounted rail fares, which has proved popular with those connecting to London train services.
Due to falling passenger numbers, with some crossings running 90% empty, the 09:40 and 10:40 (Portsmouth to Ryde) will combine to form a 10:15 sailing [resulting in the 10:10 and 11:10 Ryde to Portsmouth combining to form a 10:47 sailing]. In addition the 15:40 from Portsmouth [and corresponding 16:10 from Ryde] will no longer operate. On Fridays, the 19:45 from Portsmouth [and 20:15 from Ryde] will no longer operate.
This change to the timetable will result in Wightlink operating two sailings every hour at peak morning and evening times and an hourly service from 09:15 to 16:15. Weekend services are unaffected by the change, and will continue to include two sailings an hour throughout summer Saturdays.
Head of Port Operations, Sean Millward said:
“We know that it’s important for our customers to plan for the future, and so I am pleased we are publishing our core timetable through until December 2014. Customers tell us how important it is to have a regular service and these adjustments mean that they can rely on there being a xx15 sailing from the mainland and xx47 sailing from the Isle of Wight from 05:15 to 22:15 from Portsmouth and 05:47 to 22:47 from Ryde every weekday.
“It is obviously disappointing to have to withdraw two roundtrips from the timetable, but I am pleased that we have been able to protect our twice-hourly commuter sailings in the mornings and evenings, upon which so many of our customers depend.”
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