Extra Wightlink sailings

By Ross Findon

Monday, January 6, 2014

 

A LIMITED number of extra night crossings have been added by Wightlink to its Yarmouth-Lymington route.

Additions to the timetable follow wide criticism of the company when it cut "unprofitable" late night and early morning sailings last year.

It says it has added 24 extra return night sailings during the summer following feedback from customers.

"We will monitor their popularity and they will serve as a pilot scheme for the possible scheduling of later sailings at other times," said a Wightlink spokesman.

The extra sailings — 10.05pm from the mainland and 10.50pm from Yarmouth — will operate at weekends to coincide with school holidays, festivals and events such as the Old Gaffers Festival in Yarmouth.

The later ferries mean Wightlink will now not run a 7.20am ferry from Lymington and the 8.25am from Yarmouth, but there are sailings close to those times, the company said.

"We consulted with the Yarmouth Ferry Users’ Group regarding the 2014 timetable in October.

"Following this meeting, and taking into account members’ views, the several later evening sailings were added on a trial basis. We have also consulted with Isle of Wight councillors and other relevant stakeholders," said the Wightlink spokesman.

The timetable is now available from ticket offices or at http://www.wightlink.co.uk/ferry-travel-info/routes-destinations/lymington-yarmouth-ferry/timetable

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