TECHNICAL ISSUE CAUSES CANCELLATIONS FOR RED FUNNEL’S VEHICLE FERRY SERVICE

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Red Funnel have been forced to cancel a number of sailings on their East Cowes-Southampton route this evening (Thursday).

A technical issue means that the 19:30 and 22:30 sailings from Southampton have been pulled, alongside the 21:00 and 23:55 sailings from East Cowes.

Due to the unforeseen technical issue, the 21:00 sailing from Southampton and the 22:30 from East Cowes have reverted back to a normal sailing capacity and as a result passengers will be required to leave their vehicles.

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The cross-Solent operator apologises for any inconvenience to your journey.

Wightlink have cancelled a number of sailings on their Fishbourne-Portsmouth route tomorrow morning (Friday).

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Mary
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Along with wight link and the trains this is becoming the norm now a very poor unreliable service

Seay
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What with illness and now technical issues stopping Ferries, no small wonder the Islanders have panic purchased. No freezers left in Currys, as everyone is hoarding, using ‘gut feeling’ not forked tongued Politicians to ensure ‘their’ families have enough food and provisions.

Wrong yes, understandable, certainly.

Soon when everyone is ceiling high with loo rolls and sheets of pasta, then the rapid buying will ease and the calm, sensible and trusting can go about their shopping normally. As these people feel it is ‘unnecessary’ to hoard or panic buy they will be able to shop in quieter shops as a bonus for morality.

Joe
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It’s not just the islanders that have panic bought. It’s the whole country.

Seay
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True enough Joe, but many here know we are more at risk, as if the shelves are stripped now, what will happen when say in two or three months the CV is nearing peak, and ferries can’t run?

So, hopefully ‘by then’ the hoarding will have eased and any limited supplies will then cope with ‘normal’ demand, so, maybe in the long run, the hoarders ‘may’ help the longer term situation.

Rob
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With many people no longer traveling and those self isolating the demand on ferries, trains and buses is going to reduce and do not be surprised if services are cut. Train services have already be cut, these are difficult times so rather than moan you need to be more supportive.

Seay
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Fair comment Rob, and ferries do need to make a living too, but people on here often say they are lying about staff illness or mechanical breakdowns, just to save cash by not running a service.

I find that is unlikely, as they would just say that in these exceptional times, the Ferries to keep going, need to be cut as and when demand dicates.

I would rather they were cut, IF it meant that staff illness was reduced to keep them going for the greater good of the masses for fuel and essential provisions.

Whilst the mass and often tiny ships of the Dunkirk flotilla looked great 60 years on, don’t fancy taking the Kayak across for my toilet rolls.

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