Wightlink has announced that it will be changing its car ferry timetables from Monday 29th March 2021 in anticipation of increased demand for travel in April.
As a result of the lockdown easing, the Fishbourne-Portsmouth route will increase to an hourly service 7 days a week, with the usual night-time sailings.
Furthermore, sailings will resume at weekends on the Yarmouth-Lymington route but the timetable will continue to be a 2-hourly service until further notice.
Wightlink has not set a date for the return of the Ryde Pier Head-Portsmouth Harbour FastCat service, which remains suspended. The cross-Solent operator says this is because very few foot passengers are travelling at present.
The passenger service will start again ‘when there is greater demand’ with some suggestion it could be late April or even May before it returns.
Keith Greenfield, Chief Executive, says:
“We are pleased to increase the numbers of sailings on both our car ferry routes, including the resumption of weekend services between Lymington and Yarmouth, as restrictions start to be lifted.
“We expect to bring back the FastCats later in the spring when more travel is permitted but unfortunately the number of foot passengers travelling at present remains at exceptionally low levels. Our ticket acceptance agreement with Hovertravel will continue during April.
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“We thank all our customers for their patience and look forward to welcoming them back as travel restrictions allow.”