Isle of Wight Festival: Latest travel info and news

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 15:17

TRAFFIC arrangements for the Isle of Wight Festival come into place today (Wednesday).

The one-way system will be in place along Fairlee Road from lunchtime and there will be residents access only to roads in the Cross Lane, Mayfield Drive and Halberry Lane area.

Non-festival traffic has been advised to avoid designated festival traffic routes today, tomorrow, Friday, Sunday and Monday, traffic is expected to be busiest.

The Isle of Wight Council has said some delays are inevitable, but it hoped improvements made to the car parks last year would help to minimise disruption.

The Met Office has forecast a sunny and dry weekend, with temperatures reaching 22C on Friday.

We will update this page throughout the event with the latest traffic information and news.

Click here to view Red Funnel's revised timetable.
Click here to view Wightlink's revised timetable.

Latest updates will appear at the top.


Fairlee Road traffic restrictions have been lifted.

Red Funnel has advised that Red Falcon is running 15 to 30 minutes behind timetable, due to high foot passenger numbers delaying disembarkation.

The company said on Twitter: "We will endeavour to return to timetable, however the following services will be delayed — East Cowes to Southampton 1630, 1930, and Southampton to East Cowes 1800."

Southern Vectis has reported delays on its Yarmouth, East Cowes and Ryde services, due to heavy traffic from festival-goers leaving the Island.


Isle of Wight Council has warned that roads leading to the ferry terminals will be busy today, and urged drivers to avoid them if possible.

It said Beatrice Avenue (from Whippingham to the junction with Victoria Grove) was now one-way to northbound traffic for most of today.

Wightlink advised passengers travelling from Ryde to allow extra time as it was expecting the pier to be busy.

Island Roads has said traffic is running smoothly.

Latest information from Southern Vectis:
Late buses only operate from its Isle of Wight Festival Bus Station at Gate A3 on Fairlee Road.

Last service buses from Newport Bus Station: 
Route 9 to Ryde departs at 00:35
Route 5 to East Cowes departs at 00:35
Route 1 to Cowes departs at 00:30
Route 7 to Totland departs at 23:10
Route 8 to Sandown only departs at 23:40
Route 3 to Shanklin only departs at 23:40

Service buses are operating their regular Sunday service timetable tonight. 

If you're looking to beat the crowds on your way home, you couldtake a leaf out of Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea's book. He posted this video of how they travelled to the Isle of Wight Festival.

Red Funnel has said the last two Red Jet passenger services from West Cowes tonight will be 23:15 and 00:35 the next Red Jet after this time will be at 06:15.
The last two car ferries from East Cowes tonight will be 00:30 and 01:15 and the next boat after this will be at 04:30.

Island Roads has reported that roads in and around Newport are running freely.


Thanks toKeith Allso, for these fantastic pictures showing the Isle of Wight Festival site yesterday evening.

Festival Site 1

Festival Site 2

Fetsival site 3

Here's some advice on how to look after your ears this weekend, from someone in the know — Goodbye Stereo frontman Sam Woodford, who in addition to headlining the Kashmir Cafe tomorrow (Friday) is an audiologist for Specsavers.

Noise levels at music festivals are estimated to be 115 decibels on average, 35 decibels above accepted danger levels, and is the equivalent of standing next to a jackhammer drilling into concrete.

Sam Woodford  
Here are Sam's tips for the weekend:
• Don’t stand too near to the stage/speakers, but if you are reasonably close, then make sure you take breaks.

• To best protect your hearing from the excessive decibel levels of the music, wear hearing protection. This will only heighten your enjoyment of the music!

•If you have a constant ringing or buzzing in your ears, then you have overdone it. Stand away from the speakers or the stage for a substantial amount of time to give your ears a rest. 

Isle of Wight Council has advised anyone catching a taxi to the festival site to check it has a taxi licence plate, like the one below:

taxi plate

Red Funnel has said it expecting to bring 20,000 people to the Island for the festival.

Wightlink passengers on their way to the event will be able to catch a performance by Island stars Naked Fridays, who will be performing on the 1pm sailing from Portsmouth.

Naked Fridays

Red Funnel has issued the following advice to passengers:


Foot passengers
• Today (Thursday) and tomorrow it is anticipated that there will be queues on the vehicle ferry service from Southampton to East Cowes and the Red Jet service from Southampton to West Cowes.  As in previous years foot passenger travel will be on a first-come first-served basis.  
• Holders of Books of Tickets, 12 month, 6 month, 30 day and 7 day Season Tickets, pre-paid Travel Card customers, elderly and disabled customers and passengers with NHS/Hospital appointments for these dates will be prioritised but delays should still be expected.

Vehicle Ferry Services
• Vehicle traffic from Southampton will be extremely busy.  To help prevent traffic congestion, vehicle customers must pre-book and arrive no more than one hour and no less than 30 minutes before their booked sailing time.

Foot passengers
• Queues are expected from 9am until the end of the day for foot passengers departing from East Cowes and West Cowes.  Again, travel will be on a first-come first-served basis. Holders of Books of Tickets, 12 month, 6 month, 30 day and 7 day season tickets, Travel Card customers, elderly and disabled customers and passengers with NHS/Hospital appointments for these dates will be prioritised but delays should still be expected.

Vehicle Ferry Service
• To help prevent traffic congestion, vehicles must be pre-booked and are requested not to turn up more than 90 minutes before their booked sailing time.  All ferry traffic will be diverted and will enter a traffic management system which will be in place to manage the flow of vehicles entering East Cowes.
• Additional Vehicle Ferry and Red Jet sailings will be operating between 12- 16 June. See for further details.

Latest service updates will be available via Red Funnel's twitter feed @RF_Travel_News its website.

Traffic around Coppins Bridge is very heavy, including the southbound side of the dual carriageway and towards St Mary's Hospital. Island Roads has advised people to avoid the area around the festival site. Island Roads added that the floating bridge was also busy, with long queues on the West Cowes side.

Fairlee Road has now been closed to northbound traffic.


Hampshire Constabulary’s Isle of Wight Festival police commander Chief Superintendent Dave Hardcastle said: "The Isle of Wight Festival has established a reputation for having low crime and a friendly atmosphere for more than a decade.
"We want festival-goers to enjoy themselves safely again this year, and we want any criminals to be warned off by our regular rigorous approach to protecting the island."
"It’s always essential for police to patrol in partnership with security staff to ensure a safe festival.
"More than 100 officers, PCSOs and police staff will be deployed on duties in and around the festival site during the event." 
Find out more about the police operation here.

Message from Isle of Wight Roads Police Sgt Dave Sanderson added: "Some delays will be inevitable so I would remind all road users to allow more time for their journeys during the week of the festival.
"Motorists putting lives at risk on the roads will be dealt with robustly by my officers who will be on regular patrols."
He said the presence and support of Community Safety Accredited AA Traffic Control Officers; engaged by the event promoters is very welcome for a second year.
These Traffic Control Officers have conferred police powers to direct and control traffic on roads so it is important that drivers comply with directions given.  They are working in partnership alongside the festival to keep traffic flowing on our roads.

Wightlink has advised all passengers, including foot passengers, to book their sailings over the Isle of Wight Festival period.

A revised timetable is in effect for the coming days:
Wightlink Isle of Wight Festival Ferry timetable


For full details of the Isle of Wight Festival traffic plan, including a map, click here.


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