Ferry sailings cancelled

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


UPDATED 10:06*

WIGHTLINK has cancelled several sailings from the Isle of Wight this morning (Tuesday).

The company has cancelled the 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am from Fishbourne and the 6.30am, 8.30am and 10.30am from Portsmouth.

The cancellations were blamed on operational difficulties.

In a travel update issued after the cancellations, Wightlink warned of severe delays on the route.

Shortly after 8am, a spokesman said: "Due to the failure of our linkspan this morning the above service is experiencing severe delays.

"No further information is available at the moment, but as soon as possible an update will be issued."

*At 10.04am the company said on Twitter that the linkspan had been fixed, however the 10.30am Portsmouth sailing and the 11.30am Fishbourne sailings remained cancelled.

Last night Hovertravel was forced to cancel its service to Southsea due to high winds, however crossings resumed today (Tuesday).


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by neil jacks

30th January 2013, at 20:56:51

better service, prices and much friendlier

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by Martin Heath

30th January 2013, at 17:09:40

At least with Red funnel you can have a (slightly pricey) meal and look at the scenery up Southampton water. far more relaxing.

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by neil jacks

30th January 2013, at 16:39:06

fixed link now there's an idea, er then again no, its not worth it. Despite these cancellations, i dont see any queues forming in Fishbourne. Anyway, whats wrong with Red Funnel?

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29th January 2013, at 19:03:23

Seems like today's adverse weather put an end to Hovertravel's service too - guess who 'rowed' to their rescue.

Don't expect the Wightwingers to give Wightlink any credit .......

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29th January 2013, at 17:24:46

Even fixed kinks are prone to closure - The Crowe Bridge would be VERY susceptible to weather difficulties....

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by Tim Brayford

29th January 2013, at 17:14:16

Lack of investment? Lack of maintenance? We will probably never know, how much longer do the IW residents need to tolerate this sort of inconvenience before a fixed link is built?

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29th January 2013, at 09:58:01

...well they would be if the linkspan is dodgy.

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by Mike Crowe

29th January 2013, at 09:48:01

Big party Jim, St Faith and St Cecilia are both heading for Fishbourne and St Helen is heading for Porstmouth and are all in the middle!!

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by Jim Buchanan

29th January 2013, at 09:38:40

It will be the annual managent staff party on board, which is the reall reason for the cancellations

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29th January 2013, at 09:08:45

....heading towards the Crowe Bridge ?!?

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