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RED FUNNEL TO ADD 16 EXTRA SAILINGS A WEEK FROM MARCH

Red Funnel has this week published new timetables for its cross-Solent routes which are effective from 30th October 2018 right through until 4th November 2019.

The new summer vehicle timetable adds an extra 16 sailings per week between East Cowes and Southampton and follows a period of consultation in which 83% of customers preferred the proposal, which has now been implemented.

The new timetable is available to book online or by phone from today. Customers who are able to book in advance will get the lowest available vehicle fares at their preferred sailing times and bookings made in 2018 for travel in 2019 will be at this year’s prices. Furthermore, any vehicle booking made more than a month in advance can be secured with just a £25 deposit – the balance is required 30 days before departure.

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East Cowes <> Southampton

30 October 2018 to 28 March 2019 Up to 15 sailings per day in each direction

·         East Cowes – services start at 01:20hrs (Tue-Sun) and end at 23:55hrs (Mon-Sun)

·         Southampton – services start at 02:45hrs (Mon-Fri) and end at 23:55 (Mon-Sat)

Christmas/New Year 2018/19 ·         See website for festive timetable

·         Christmas Day – 2 departures from East Cowes and 2 departures from Southampton

29 March to 4 November 2019 Up to 21 sailings per day in each direction

·         East Cowes, services start at 01:30hrs (Tue-Sun) and end at 23:30hrs (Mon-Sun).

·         Southampton, services start at 03:00hrs (Mon-Sun) and end at 23:55 (Mon-Sat)

·         Additional sailings will operate for the Isle of Wight Festival 13-16th June 2019

West Cowes <> Southampton

30 October 2018 to 28 March 2019 Up to 30 sailings per day in each direction

·         West Cowes, services start at 06:15hrs (Mon-Sat) and end at 00:15hrs (Sat-Sun)

·         Southampton, services start at 05:45hrs (Mon-Sat) and end at 23:45 (Fri-Sat)

·         Sailings every 30 minutes during the day at XX:15 and XX:45 on Saturdays in both directions

·         Sailings every 60 minutes on Sundays in both directions (more frequent in December 2018)

Christmas/New Year 2018/2019 ·         See website for festive timetable

·         Sailings every 30 mins in both directions during the day on Sunday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th December 2018

29 March to 4 November 2019 Up to 30 sailings per day in each direction

·         West Cowes, services start at 06:15hrs (Mon-Sat) and end at 00:15hrs (Sat-Sun)

·         Southampton, services start at 05:45hrs (Mon-Sat) and end at 23:45 (Fri-Sat)

·         Sailings every 30 minutes during the day XX:15 and XX:45 on Saturdays & Sundays in both directions

·         Additional sailings will operate for the IW Festival (13-16th June 2019), Lendy Cowes Week (10-17th August 2019) and certain Southampton FC matches

Additional freight-only sailings will be added to the East Cowes – Southampton timetable starting in Q2 2019. These service will be operated by the new freight ship Red Kestrel which is currently under construction.

Jonathan Green, Red Funnel’s marketing & communications director commented:

“We were pleased there was overwhelming support for the timetable proposal that we consulted widely on in September. The changes improve the frequency of our East Cowes-Southampton service by adding 16 new crossings per week from 29 March 2019.

“To help the environment, we also plan to reduce the number of timetable leaflets that we print each year by 50,000. In their place, we will be offering a new wallet/purse friendly timetable card at our ticket offices which will never expire. It can be scanned by a phone or tablet to give instant access to our online timetables and our daily schedules in real-time. This initiative will save energy, paper and printing ink as well as reducing waste.”

The new timetables are available to view and download at redfunnel.co.uk/timetables.

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