FERRY companies have advised customers of the effect of Bestival on services over the weekend and Monday.
Red Funnel said there was space on its services on Saturday and Sunday and it did not expect delays on the Red Jet passenger service or the car ferry.
However travel on Sunday evening is expected to be busier than normal as some revellers leave Bestival early.
On Monday Red Funnel said it expected queues for foot passengers on its Red Jet and car ferry services from 9am until the end of the day.
Travel will be on a first-come-first served basis for Red Jet passengers at West Cowes. Foot passengers booked on a specific sailing on the East Cowes to Southampton car ferry will have the time printed on their ticket. Any
passengers with non-timed tickets will be on a first-come first-served basis.
Foot passengers with books of tickets, 12-month, 6-month 30-day and 7-day season tickets, travel card customers, elderly and disabled people and passengers with NHS/hospital appointments will be prioritised, but delays should still be expected, it said.
Red Funnel said it had been working closely with the Isle of Wight Council, East Cowes Town Council and police to help mitigate disruption to local residents and businesses on Monday.
To help prevent congestion, all vehicles travelling on the East Cowes to Southampton car ferry must have a booking and should not arrive more than 90 minutes before their booked sailing.
All ferry traffic (excluding booked freight vehicles) will be diverted down Beatrice Avenue into a traffic management system to manage the flow of vehicles entering East Cowes. This will be clearly signed and staffed by Red Funnel staff, the Isle of Wight Council Highways and the police.
Wightlink said foot passengers with season tickets and multi-link tickets will be treated as reserved passengers on Monday. The company said to guarantee priorty these ticket holders must check in at the terminal at least 15 minutes before the sailing.
Due to the high number of foot passengers leaving Bestival on Monday, Ryde Pier will be closed to vehicles between 8am and 5pm.
The company advised foot passengers to allow at least 15 minutes for connections between ferries and trains.
Vehicles will not be accepted at Wightlink's Yarmouth or Fishbourne car ferry terminals until 30 minutes before their booked.