Red Funnel has added extra sailings to its new timetable which starts at the end of this month (October).

The new vehicle timetable adds an extra 16 sailings per week between East Cowes and Southampton and follows a period of consultation in which 83% of customers preferred the proposal which has now been implemented.

Customers who are able to book in advance will get the lowest available vehicle fares at their preferred sailing times – and Red Funnel says bookings made in 2018 for travel in 2019 will be at this year’s prices.

The company also states that any vehicle booking made more than a month in advance can be secured with a £25 deposit – the balance is required 30 days before departure.

‘My Reward’ members will receive loyalty points which can be saved to fund future bookings, Signature Lounge upgrades, priority loading/unloading or pay for food & beverage purchases.

East Cowes <> Southampton


30 October 2018 to 28 March 2019

  • Ex East Cowes – services start at 01.20hrs (Tue-Sun) and end at 23.55hrs (Mon-Sun)

  • Ex Southampton – services start at 02.45hrs (Mon-Fri) and end at 23.55 (Mon-Sat)

Christmas/New Year 2018/19

  • See website for festive timetable

  • Christmas Day – 2 departures from East Cowes and 2 departures from Southampton

29 March to 4 November 2019

  • Ex East Cowes, services start at 01.30hrs (Tue-Sun) and end at 23.30hrs (Mon-Sun).

  • Ex Southampton, services start at 03.00hrs (Mon-Sun) and end at 23.55 (Mon-Sat)

  • Additional sailings will operate for the Isle of Wight Festival 13-16 June 2019

 

West Cowes <> Southampton

30 October 2018 to 28 March 2019

  • Ex West Cowes, services start at 06.15hrs (Mon-Sat) and end at 00.15hrs (Sat-Sun)

  • Ex Southampton, services start at 05.45hrs (Mon-Sat) and end at 23.45 (Fri-Sat)

  • Sailings every 30 minutes during the day at xx.15 & xx.45 on Saturdays in both directions

  • Sailings every 60 minutes on Sundays in both directions (more frequent in December 2018)

Christmas/New Year 2018/2019

  • See website for festive timetable

  • Sailings every 30 mins in both directions during the day on Sunday 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 December 2018

29 March to 4 November 2019

  • Ex West Cowes, services start at 06.15hrs (Mon-Sat) and end at 00.15hrs (Sat-Sun)

  • Ex Southampton, services start at 05.45hrs (Mon-Sat) and end at 23.45 (Fri-Sat)

  • Sailings every 30 minutes during the day xx.15 & xx.45 on Saturdays & Sundays in both directions

  • Additional sailings will operate for the IW Festival (13-16 June 2019), Lendy Cowes Week (10-17 August 2019) & certain Southampton FC matches

 

Additional freight-only sailings will be added to the East Cowes – Southampton timetable starting in Q2 2019. This service will be operated by the new freight ship Red Kestrel which is currently under construction.

Jonathan Green, Red Funnel’s Marketing & Communications Director, said:

“We were pleased there was overwhelming support for the timetable proposal that we consulted widely on in September. The changes improve the frequency of our East Cowes-Southampton service by adding 16 new crossings per week from 29 March 2019.

“To help the environment, we also plan to reduce the number of timetable leaflets that we print each year by 50,000. In their place, we will be offering a new wallet/purse friendly timetable card at our ticket offices which will never expire. It can be scanned by a phone or tablet to give instant access to our online timetables and our daily schedules in real-time. This initiative will save energy, paper and printing ink as well as reducing waste.”



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