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A temporary timetable will come into place on Wightlink’s Lymington – Yarmouth route next month (March).

From Monday 18 March until Sunday 24 March 2019, Wightlink’s ferries will use the nearby concrete slipway and a portable boarding ramp barge for all embarkation and disembarkation at Yarmouth.

It is to allow the Yarmouth Harbour authority to carry out essential maintenance work on the operational cables on the Yarmouth link span.

While this takes place heavy lorries and coaches will be transferred to the ferry firm’s Portsmouth – Fishbourne service. Cars, foot passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists and light vans and lorries will still be able to use the Yarmouth route.

A temporary timetable will also be in operation.

Wightlink Operations Manager Daryl Palmer said:

“We are announcing this temporary change to our timetables in good time to inform customers of this scheduled maintenance work.

“We recognise the importance of Wightlink’s Lymington-Yarmouth route to our customers in the West Wight and are happy to work with the Harbour Commissioners to ensure their port facilities are in the best-possible condition.”

Yarmouth Harbour Master Tim Adams explains:

“This is regular maintenance to the linkspan that we carry out every five years.

“We will be replacing 16 cables that help raise and lower the boarding ramp. We have worked closely with our colleagues at Wightlink in planning this essential work to minimise disruption to everyone who uses the ferries.”

Later this year, there will be further work on the linkspan which will require similar changes to Wightlink’s Lymington and Yarmouth service. More details are expected to be released later in the year.