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Wightlink have announced the total suspension for the Lymington service as of close of play on March 31st "for the foreseeable future.  Red Funnel will accept any Wightlink tickets.  I also read that Red Funnel and Wightlink can now confer among themselves to ensure that the island still gets a service.

Possibly there will be a time where we only get 1 operator on a shift routine - ie RF Mon-Weds and the WL for the rest of the week.  Who knows??

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Dear Tony,

The coronavirus outbreak has had a significant impact on the numbers of people who want to travel to and from the Isle of Wight.

Fewer people have been travelling in recent weeks and numbers have fallen heavily since Monday’s announcement by the Prime Minister urging everyone to stay at home, unless they are essential workers.

This has affected all cross-Solent ferry companies and is likely to last for many weeks.

We are currently running a reduced timetable with fewer sailings during this emergency. Freight and essential services for the Island are being prioritised.

Changes to our service

We regret that we will be suspending our Lymington-Yarmouth car ferry route from the last sailing on Tuesday 31 March 2020 until normal services can be restored. For more information on how this will affect those of you booked on this service please visit our dedicated webpage for more information.

There will continue to be hourly sailings on the Portsmouth-Fishbourne route and Portsmouth Harbour-Ryde Pier Head FastCat passenger services. Full details can be found on the Wightlink website and the Wightlink mobile app.

We hope all our customers understand that bringing essential supplies to the Isle of Wight has priority at present along with supporting the Island’s NHS and the emergency services.

Information for essential travellers

All of our routes

Following Government advice, we have closed our Costa and Wight Taste outlets, to minimise the spread of Coronavirus, until further notice.

We have closed our ticket offices to reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus to members of staff and the wider community. Essential travellers who want to purchase tickets during this time can easily do so here on our website and ticket vending machines are available at all our ports for foot passengers.

We have also temporarily changed our booking and check-in times to allow essential travellers to spend as little time in our ports as possible. This is also to limit contact with our colleagues and other essential travellers. Bookings and amends can now be made up to 15 minutes before the scheduled sailing time. You can now also check in up to 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

On arrival to the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Wight Council is asking all essential travellers to isolate themselves on arrival and to minimise social contact.

Under the leadership of Isle of Wight Council during this crisis, all cross-Solent operators are working together to keep the Island connected. Pre-purchased Wightlink foot passenger tickets will now be accepted on Red Funnel and Hovertravel. This includes rail tickets and season tickets.

Portsmouth-Fishbourne travellers only

We are allowing essential travellers to stay in their cars during certain sailings and our on board facilities will be limited. To find out which sailings please visit our dedicated webpage for more information.

Keeping up to date

Unfortunately, there may be further changes to our services, in line with Government advice and traffic volumes. Please use the link below for all the latest information.

We are sorry that the spread of Coronavirus has forced us to reduce our sailings and look forward to carrying large numbers of Islanders and holidaymakers across the Solent again when the danger has passed.

If you have any questions, please email feedback@wightlink.co.uk.

Kind regards,
The Wightlink team
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