Wightlink has announced that from October it will be cutting its half-hourly sailings on the Fishbourne to Portsmouth route as a result of the introduction of a new, larger ship.
The cross-Solent operator’s Winter timetable for 2018/2019 will be open for booking in the next few weeks, but those intending to travel with Wightlink will discover that the half-hourly sailings from Fishbourne and Portsmouth have been scrapped, instead replaced by an hourly service.
With the expected arrival of the new £30million ‘Victoria of Wight’ ferry in Summer 2018, services from October between Fishbourne and Portsmouth have been remodelled to make best use of the increased capacity for vehicles on board Victoria of Wight and St Clare.
Wightlink has said that there will be plenty of capacity for everyone who wants to travel and extra sailings will be scheduled if there is demand at busy times.
An extra 8 evening round-trip sailings have been added each week and Wightlink has increased the number of discounted spaces on board the busiest sailings for Multilink Pass holders by 50%.
Keith Greenfield. Chief Executive of Wightlink Ferries has said:
“Since I arrived at Wightlink 18 months ago, I have listened to customers and to feedback from the Transport and Infrastructure Taskforce. They told me that they would like to see more evening sailings in the schedule. Islanders with Multilink Passes said they also wanted more spaces set aside for these discounted fares on sailings from Fishbourne to Portsmouth.
“We are pleased to address both of these issues in our latest timetable which benefits from the environmentally friendly, hybrid energy ship Victoria of Wight.”