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MAJOR DISRUPTION TO RED FUNNEL CAR FERRY SERVICES

redfunnelferryUPDATED: Those travelling between East Cowes and Southampton this morning (Sunday) are being met by lengthy delays due to a generator fault on board one of Red Funnel’s car ferries. 

The disruption started with the cancellation of the 07:15 sailing from Southampton earlier this morning, followed by the cancellation of the 09:00 sailing from East Cowes which caused lengthy queues throughout the town.

With engineers unable to fix the generator fault, the 10:30 sailing from Southampton has also been cancelled, as well as the 12:00 sailing from East Cowes. Traffic remains heavy in East Cowes and is currently backed up to the fire station on York Avenue.

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Island Echo understands one of the company’s three ferries is currently in dry dock, leaving just one ferry in service until the mechanical breakdown can be fixed.

The hi-speed Red Jet service remains unaffected and foot passengers are being advised to use this service as an alternative.

UPDATE @ 12:35 – Red Funnel advise that the 13:30 sailing from East Cowes will be delayed by around 15 minutes. Those travelling with the cross-Solent company are asked to check in as normal to reduce delays.

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