WIGHTLINK WARNS OF 2 HOUR DELAYS THANKS TO MECHANICAL ISSUE

Island ferry operator Wightlink has announced delays of up to 2 hours on its Portsmouth – Fishbourne route today (Thursday).

The delay has been caused by mechanical issues.

It’s not a good week for cross-Solent travel with this news coming in the same week as strikes from the workforce at Red Funnel regarding pay, causing disruption to both locals and tourists alike.

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The other Wightlink service between Yarmouth and Lymington however is running as normal with no current delays.

 

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Wightred
Wightred
9 days ago

Do you not mean, due to mechanical issues, rather than thanks.?

Bronco
Bronco
Reply to  Wightred
9 days ago

Think they need a Headline writer

Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
Reply to  Wightred
8 days ago

In this conext it means “caused By”

Old school.
Old school.
9 days ago

My view FWIW, why has our dumbass council ‘invested’ in commercial property on the mainland, when a much better investment would have been to buy a controlling interest in the ferry companies?
Owned by the island, for the island.
No, far too good an idea, let’s make all the peasants suffer on a miserable under funded little rock, let’s remove hope opportunity and prosperity.

Wotawally
Wotawally
Reply to  Old school.
9 days ago

Unfortunately, the money that was made available by the government was to purchase real-estate, and not companies.
Could the Council borrow the money from elsewhere to purchase one of the ferry companies? Doubtful, especially at an interest rate that they could service.

Could the Council run a ferry service? They can’t even run a ferry on a chain from East to West Cowes.

Could the all-powerful Member of Parliament make the Government force the ferry companies to provide a service for the Islanders?

Last edited 9 days ago by Wotawally
Old school.
Old school.
Reply to  Wotawally
9 days ago

This is somthing that I feel could have been worked towards over the years, rather than a big outright purchase.
I dont see the Scottish islands being held to ransom, they see their essential link as exactly that.
So pull together as a community to make it happen, and yes, we mugs down south bank roll them endlessly.

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
Reply to  Old school.
9 days ago

given this council cannot run a floating bridge how the hell could they ever run a ferry company

Sam
Sam
9 days ago

Less annoyed about the delays and more the lack of communication ever given by Wightlink. Missed two trains this morning due to the lack of any information or staff at the ports to keep customers involved.

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
Reply to  Sam
9 days ago

when i went through Fishbourne this morning, 06:30 the illuminated display clearly said 1 hour delays and the same was on the board facing Newport.

Bojosays?
Bojosays?
9 days ago

Catamaran was running late as well, but this never gets reported

Island critic
Island critic
9 days ago

more people stuck on alcatraz

PaulV
PaulV
9 days ago

So we enter Wightlink’s annual Summer of Chaos programme, deliberately creating nightmare scenarios for travellers, who have already paid outrageous fares for a service that can, at best, be described as appalling. And they couldn’t give a monkey’s. I do not know how Mr Greenfield sleeps at night, let alone retains his job.

Wotawally
Wotawally
Reply to  PaulV
8 days ago

This why he retains his job:

https://www.islandecho.co.uk/wightlink-turnover-down-30million-during-covid-but-ferry-company-still-makes-a-4million-profit/

Like the privatised railway system, passengers are a major inconvenience – having to run any sort of service costs money for staff, infrastructure and general wear and tear: and yet some people seem to think only of themselves rather than helping Mr Greenfield and Wightlink and demand to travel

Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
Reply to  PaulV
8 days ago

“deliberately creating nightmare scenarios” could be regarded as libel by Wightlink and rightly so

Last edited 8 days ago by Alan Bennett
Alfredo
Alfredo
8 days ago

It’s a horrible company full stop.They wanted £170 the other week for a return.Wouldnt pay it,managed the same times and dates for a £100 with Red funnel using there voucher booklet,still a lot I know but felt better not giving it to Wightlink

dot
dot
8 days ago

I bet there will be no delays of any kind when the tour of Britain cycling race come over

 

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