£2m refurbishment for Red Funnel vessel

By Richard Wright

Friday, December 6, 2013

 

£2m refurbishment for Red Funnel vessel

A computer generated image of how the Red Falcon interior will look. Picture courtesy of Red Funnel.

RED FUNNEL has today (Friday) revealed plans for a £2m refurbishment of one of its Isle of Wight vessels, promising to 'set the standard for cross-Solent travel.'

The interior refurbishment of Red Falcon will be completed by next Easter, with Red Funnel saying the spending will improve holiday experiences for visitors and facilities for all travellers.

Work will start in February, but the company has said services will not be affected.

Red Funnel said the investment would see the ship’s interior and facilities replaced with "a bright, modern and stylish new look, which will set the standard for cross-Solent travel."

The design team was asked to increase the number of seats by 55 per cent and make best use of space, introducing more tables for food and drinks.

There will be a new sun deck and promenade walk, with wheelchair and pushchair access and and two new passenger lounges.

An information bureau will sell tickets, merchandise and gifts.

There will also be a pet-friendly lounge, children’s play area and quiet zone with better wi-fi and charging points.

Improvements to heating and air-conditioning are also promised and there will also be a new menu.

Red Funnel operations director Murray Carter said: "We have listened very carefully to our customers over the last few years to develop a new travel experience, which will meet their needs."

The company said it would review the success of the Red Falcon revamp before committing to similar refurbishment of its other two car ferries.

For more on the plans see an exclusive two-page feature in today's Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, December 6, pages 48-49.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by neil jacks

14th December 2013, at 17:53:56

jp, yeh let row across

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by Dean Hume

9th December 2013, at 16:16:58

Fortunately Neil I know very much what I am on about indeed.

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by JP HARPER

7th December 2013, at 23:45:33

With the ferry companies I would rather just see only essential work being undertaken and ticket prices being kept as cheap as possible

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by alan naylor

7th December 2013, at 22:43:56

On second thoughs with the ferries being owned by an Australian Company they might be registard under an off shore flag must check on that one

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by alan naylor

7th December 2013, at 22:40:56

the 2 Million can be set against profit tax at the end of the year lowering fares would be a double wamy ie lower profit and depeceation on some days the firm could make more profit by putting the boat under mantainance than having it in service ''''''''''''' no fuel no labour ect ect

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by Patrick Hall

7th December 2013, at 10:11:18

The ferries operated by both Red Funnel and Wightlink are heavily used and are subject to a refit on a regular basis. Whilst I agree that there are major issues regarding fares, I think it is important to acknowledge that Red Funnel has given some thought to the comfort and needs of its customers. The fares are another issue.

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by neil jacks

7th December 2013, at 00:21:30

Neil, if you love it here, stop moaning about the ferry, it's part of every day life. It's like living in Greenland and moaning about snow...

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by Colin Barton

6th December 2013, at 18:32:54

I think the moaners who are able to improve the services,and also cut their own fares,should put forward and put some money in the pot. (ie Become shareholders). Also if they want a bridge ...do they want it to finish in their back garden. possibly no connection to the mainland and then we will be free of tealeaves?

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by Ashley Harcourt

6th December 2013, at 14:39:45

As for this RedFunnel refurbishment malarky - well if I'm going to be ripped off then I would rather be ripped off in comfort.

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by Ashley Harcourt

6th December 2013, at 14:37:14

Wightlinks 'Tickets & Prices' web page has a special link that explains all about the new 'fair' prices. If you click on it you're taken to a 'Page Not Found'. Fantastic two finger salute to their customers.
Perhaps they are just waiting a while to amend it after they get rid of all discounts other than prepaid multi-link tickets. Yes folks, you'll be paying the same as those mainlanders that have chosen not to live on the IoW. Imagine the fuss when that happens.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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