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Wightlink To Cut Ferry From Yarmouth Route

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Wightlink will lose a ferry from its Yarmouth to Lymington route to replace an ageing vessel on its Fishbourne to Portsmouth service.

The ferry company has today (Monday) announced it will re-locate one of its three W-class ships from its West Wight service to take over from the St Helen, which is set to be retired.

The change in fleet will take place from next summer and Wightlink said it would have minimal impact.

Passenger numbers on its Yarmouth to Lymington service have fallen by 15 percent according to the company.

Wightlink’s Chief Operating Officer John Burrows said:

“Using our fleet as efficiently as possible next year is vital if we are to continue our programme of modernisation and investment, which has seen us introduce five brand new ships within the last five years.

“To secure the future of our service, we have a responsibility to match the capacity we provide with customer demand.

“Despite considerable price discounting, adapting our timetable to provide better train connections, improved punctuality and continued high reliability, demand is falling on our Yarmouth to Lymington route, with customers preferring to use other routes.

“As a result of these changes, customers on our Fishbourne to Portsmouth route will enjoy a more modern ship.

“Yet, the impact for customers at Yarmouth to Lymington will be minimal.

“This decision has no impact on our services between October and March and, throughout the summer, we will operate up to 34 sailings a day (17 round trips), on an hourly service.

“There will be no changes to the first or last sailings of the day and we will continue to offer the late night sailings on key Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer, which we recently introduced in response to customer requests.”

14 comments

  1. They cant run on time with 3 ferries.what chance with only 2 when the weekly (breakdown so we run a few less ferries happens)when they haven’t a spare boat to replace broken down one?

  2. Less people use L-Y service because timetable is rubbish. Timetable will become even more rubbish so less people will use it. Wightlink will then decide to scrap the route. Then they will be happy. Inevitable.

  3. So the busier Fishbourne/Ports route is to have a smaller boat. That will be chaos in the Summer. And the Yarmouth Lymington route will be left with two boats so if, sorry when, one breaks down gets cancelled because of “staff sickness” they’ll be an even bigger impact. ***** (insert appropriate word) Wightlink. I’m sick of them and I live on the mainland now so can only begin to imagine the hassle true Islanders feel.

  4. So the busier Fishbourne/Ports route is to have a smaller boat. That will be chaos in the Summer. And the Yarmouth Lymington route will be left with two boats so if, sorry when, one breaks down gets cancelled because of “staff sickness” they’ll be an even bigger impact. ***** (insert appropriate word) Wightlink. I’m sick of them and I live on the mainland now so can only begin to imagine the hassle true Islanders feel.

  5. Rob

    UNTILL recently I would only come to the island via Lymington / Yarmouth late at night. BUT due to Wightlinks stopping ferries at 10-00pm and PUTTING the fares beyond the means of us PLEBS. We now have to travel via the hell hole Portsmouth / Fishbourne .

    THATS WHY 15% LESS PEOPLE ARE ON THE LYMINGTON / YARMOUTH ROUTE NOW

  6. Over the past year, Wightlink has cut 12 out of 40 ferry journeys on the route except during the summer and other periods of peak seasonal demand. That’s a 30 per cent reduction in ferry journeys. It shouldn’t therefore be surprised that a 15 per cent reduction in passenger journeys follows as we have been forced to use another route or company to travel at the times we need to travel, for example to accommodate very early starts or late returns.

  7. Over the past year, Wightlink has cut 12 out of 40 ferry journeys on the route except during the summer and other periods of peak seasonal demand. That’s a 30 per cent reduction in ferry journeys. It shouldn’t therefore be surprised that a 15 per cent reduction in passenger journeys follows as we have been forced to use another route or company to travel at the times we need to travel, for example to accommodate very early starts or late returns.

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