Maintenance leads to disruption for ferry crossings

By Ross Findon

Monday, April 21, 2014


WIGHTLINK has announced changes to some services to and from the Isle of Wight over the coming weeks.

The company said the changes were due to essential maintenance. It follows several cancellations over the Easter weekend, due to staff sickness.

A spokesman said: "We wouldn’t normally schedule maintenance on busy days, but we’ve had to on this occasion because other maintenance has taken longer than expected and we need to fit in with the availability of facilities at dry docks."

See below for details of the changes:

On Friday, April 25, an extra sailing will run from Portsmouth at 20:30, returning from Fishbourne at 21:30. The following sailings have been cancelled:
From Portsmouth: 07:30, 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30
From Fishbourne: 08:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:30, 20:30

On Monday, April 28, two extra sailings will run from Portsmouth at 18:30 and 20:30, returning from Fishbourne at 1930 and 2130. The following sailings have been cancelled:
From Portsmouth: 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30
From Fishbourne: 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30

On Friday, May 2, the following sailings have been cancelled:
From Portsmouth: 07:30, 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30, 21:30
From Fishbourne: 08:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:30, 20:30, 22:30

The spokesman added: "We’ve contacted those customers who were booked to travel on the cancelled sailings and transferred them to alternative crossings but we’d like to take this opportunity to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the unavoidable changes to our maintenance schedule."


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by James McAdder

23rd April 2014, at 13:18:45

I kind of understand some of the frustration, Gaspard. Getting home late because of a cancellation is inconvenient, but getting to work late has financial implications.

Some people do go over the top, though. There is one regular commuter on the Hovercraft who moans and complains if a single craft is cancelled, even though the next one will be in a mere 15 minutes.

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by Gaspard Postlethwaite

23rd April 2014, at 09:58:08

We have all been subject to delays and cancellations whether one is travelling by road, sea, rail or air. It is all part of life's rich tapestry. Like most sensible travellers, Mrs Postletwaite and I always take this in our stride and have been heard to say.....better to arrive safely....than not at all! Why all the fuss......the next ferry will only be an hour or so.

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22nd April 2014, at 11:34:41


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by James McAdder

21st April 2014, at 21:43:34

Another post ftom Mike Crowe that, in no way, should be construed ad supporting the building of a bridge.

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by neil jacks

21st April 2014, at 20:00:06

why build a fixed link.. wight link prove we don't even need boats.. ha ha ha

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

21st April 2014, at 18:29:40


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by Mike Crowe

21st April 2014, at 17:29:55

Just live with it folks until the bridge is built

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by John Stone

21st April 2014, at 17:28:20

Seems strange to me that they choose to do maintenance on Fridays and Mondays - just the days when holiday makers arrive/depart for the spring weekenders!

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by lulu arnold

21st April 2014, at 16:21:56

I find hover travel the very best but that's just on foot of course , time they took cars would that work?

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by Steve Smith

21st April 2014, at 16:10:06

Alex, how did your stomach bug trap you here? Hundreds of cars & thousands of people crossed the Solent over Easter, why couldn't you?

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