WIGHTLINK has announced further reductions on its Ryde-Portsmouth passenger link.
In the wake of axing late night crossings — which it is not bringing back in its new timetable — and cutting its Yarmouth-Lymington sailings, the ferry company is withdrawing two Fastcat round trips and reducing its Friday service.
The new timetable will also operate for at least 15 months, which the company said would enable customers to better plan journeys.
The changes come into effect on September 30.
Wightlink said its review found many sailings continued to operate with very few passengers , operating over 90 per cent empty at a time when fuel costs continued to rise.
As a result, the 9.40am and 10. 40am from Portsmouth will combine into a 10.15am sailing meaning the 10.10am and 11.10am from Ryde will be replaced by a 10.47am.
In addition, the 3.40pm from Portsmouth and the 4.10pm from Ryde will be cut and on Fridays the 7.45pm from Portsmouth and 8.15pm from Ryde will no longer operate.
Wightlink said changes to morning sailings from Ryde enabled customers to make better use of discounted rail fares which proved popular with those connecting to London train services.
The timetable will continue to be enhanced during the summer with additional sailings scheduled for special events, such as festivals, the company said.
Wightlink will continue to operate two sailings every hour at peak morning and evening times and an hourly service from 9.15am to 4.15pm.
Weekend services are unaffected by the changes, and will continue to include two sailings an hour throughout summer Saturdays.
Head of port operations Sean Millward said: "It is obviously disappointing to have to withdraw two roundtrips from the timetable, but I am pleased that we have been able to protect our twice-hourly commuter sailings in the mornings and evenings, upon which so many of our customers depend."