The cross-Solent company say they will monitor the popularity of the extra sailings and they will serve as a pilot scheme for the possible scheduling of later sailings at other times.
The extra sailings (22:05 from the mainland, 22:50 from the island) will operate at weekends to coincide with school holidays, festivals and events such as the Old Gaffers Festival in Yarmouth.
On these days, Wightlink had been proposing to operate the 07:20 from Lymington and 8:25 from Yarmouth. To allow the evening sailings to operate, these will not now run.
Wightlink first consulted with the Yarmouth Ferry Users Group regarding the 2014 timetable in October. Following this meeting and taking into account members’ views, several later evening sailings were added on a trial basis. Wightlink have also consulted with Isle of Wight councillors and other relevant stakeholders.
The timetable is now available from Ticket Offices or on their website: https://www.wightlink.co.uk/ferry-travel-info/routes-destinations/lymington-yarmouth-ferry/timetable