Isle of Wight ferry operator, Red Funnel, has announced a major boost to its RedJet service in response to the end of lockdown and the easement of Government restrictions regarding travel.
The company’s RedJet service saw its timetable reduced, offering fewer daily crossings, due to the dwindling number of service users and the COVID-19 ‘Stay At Home’ message. Today (Thursday), the cross-Solent operator has announced the return to all-day coverage, offering 12 departures from each side of the Solent during the week, and 11 departures on weekends.
From West Cowes, sailings will depart every 80 minutes between 06:15 and 20:55 Monday to Friday, and between 07:35 and 20:55 on weekends. From Southampton, sailings will depart every 80 minutes between 05:35 and 20:15 Monday to Friday, and between 06:55 and 20:15 on weekends.
Red Funnel has also announced the return of its Quayconnect bus service, which offers transport from its Southampton Red Jet terminal at Town Quay, taking passengers into the heart of the city with stops including West Quay Shopping Centre and Southampton Central Train Station. The Quayconnect will remain available to all Red Jet passengers as normal and will be free of any additional charge.
Bus times will align with Red Jet departures/arrivals times and offer full coverage with the exception of picking up passengers departing West Cowes at 19:35 and 20:55 or dropping off passengers departing Southampton at 05:35 or 20:15.
Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, commented:
“We are absolutely delighted to share this positive news with passengers and to see the Red Jet service back to a more frequent schedule in line with the easing of government restrictions.
“Whilst we’re starting with a one-boat service, we will be closely monitoring customer demand and will adapt our operations and timetables accordingly, to ensure we continue to support our customers in line with the latest government guidance and safety advice.”
In line with this change, pricing for individual tickets will revert to the standard structure, with the reintroduction of the operator’s super-off-peak, off-peak and standard fares.
Red Jet capacity will remain at a reduced maximum capacity of 148 passengers (53% of normal capacity) with restricted seats, and enhanced cleaning and sanitisation between crossings.
By law, face coverings continue to be mandatory for all travellers, except in specific cases of exemption as outlined by the government. You can see the full timetable for the RedJet and Quay Connect services on the company’s website.