Bus link saved by ferry company

By a County Press reporter

Monday, April 14, 2014

 

A VITAL bus service for Isle of Wight commuters has been saved by Red Funnel.

The ferry company has stepped in to rescue the CityLink service in Southampton, which was under threat after key funding was withdrawn.

Red Funnel will take over the service, which connects the Isle of Wight ferry terminals with Southampton Central and the City Centre, from May 12.

It will remain free for Red Funnel ticket holders and Rail and National Express customers with valid through-tickets to and from the Isle of Wight.

A flat fare of £1 per trip will be introduced for all other passengers.

Sales and marketing director Jonathan Green said: "By taking over the CityLink contract we now have scope to improve its visual identity and integrate it with real-time ferry information so customers can see where connecting services are in relation to one another."

The service will operate every 30 minutes using the existing route along Portland Terrace and Castle Way, connecting most Red Jet arrivals and departures on Town Quay with South West Trains services to and from London Waterloo.

Despite carrying more than a million passengers each year, the service faced the axe after cash-strapped Southampton City Council and another partner withdrew funding.

Timetable details will be available soon at www.redfunnel.co.uk/citylink

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by pete jenkins

15th April 2014, at 09:17:25

Then there are the Senior "Freedom Pass" people - will they be allowed to travel for free? I understand that Hoverbus allows holders between Southsea and Portsmouth boarding points

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by Keven Ball

14th April 2014, at 22:45:33

"A flat fare of £1 per trip will be introduced for all other passengers." I am guessing that isn't the ferry fare, haha!

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by Pam Riddet

14th April 2014, at 20:54:42

This is as it used to be before West Quay opened and part-funded the bus with South West Trains and the City Council. If the commuter train was late in the evening the driver would wait for us and was in radio contact with Red Funnel, to tell them we would be late.

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by kevin froment

14th April 2014, at 19:08:55

more chance of winning the lottery arthur s

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by Arthur Sleep

14th April 2014, at 18:35:49

Even if you don't have a Red Funnel ticket at a £1 it really is a bargain. I don't suppose there is any danger of Southern Vectis offering short trips Islandwide for only a pound?

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

14th April 2014, at 18:31:59

The bus was every 15 mins and always packed solid imagine the carnage now with commuters and their suitcases, why cant RF maintain the present timetable ?

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by Mat Thomas

14th April 2014, at 15:10:05

A very clever move by Red Funnel who are proving, once again, to be more sensitive to the market than Wightlink.

It is making Southampton the preferred mainland shopping option location, rather than Portsmouth, for islanders.

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by Richard Valvona

14th April 2014, at 14:50:27

OK County Press. Explain why you deleted mine and Paul's comments.

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by trevor hughes

14th April 2014, at 12:09:45

don't you get a receipt with your ticket?

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by Richard Walker

14th April 2014, at 12:04:02

And I presume the Hythe Ferry passengers will be somewhat upset. A pity their ferry company couldn't cough up a bit. I presume it's their bus that has been withdrawn, the one on the other two quarters of the hour, between the RJ buses. Actually, that apart, one bus every 30 minutes is not going to cope at rush hours, even without the Hythe passengers.

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