Wightlink plans to reduce the number of its morning sailings from winter 2018, when its new flagship Victoria of Wight joins its cross-Solent fleet.
The firm says its £30 million new vessel has extra capacity, reducing the need for a half-hourly service between Fishbourne and Portsmouth.
It says services from October have been remodelled “to make the best use of the increased capacity for vehicles on board Wightlink’s two largest ships (Victoria of Wight and St Clare)”.
Wightlink says it will add more evening sailings and Multilink Pass spaces from winter 2018/9, however, and extra sailings will be scheduled if there is demand at busy times, says Wightlink.
An extra eight evening round-trip sailings each week will run and the number of discounted spaces on board for Multilink Pass holders will rise by 50%.
Chief Executive Keith Greenfield 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 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.”
LISTEN: Wightlink CEO Keith Greenfield speaks to Isle of Wight Radio about the changes ahead…