By Emily Pearce
Monday, March 18, 2013
UPDATED MONDAY 15:54*
RED Funnel's Red Jet service is due to resume its usual two-boat service from 4.15pm today (Monday).
The company had been running a one-boat service yesterday (Sunday) and today because of a problem with the starboard water jet on Red Jet 4. The problem occurred while Red Jet 3 was undergoing an annual refit.
Red Jet 4 has now been fixed and the two-boat service will return, starting with the 4.15pm sailing from Southampton.
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by T Rollingsworth
19th March 2013, at 13:05:53
If a bridge is built, it will definitely have to be from Yarmouth -> Lymington, which would be pointless.Most commuters go to Southampton or Portsmouth, not New Forest.I don't think the ferry situation is "useless", at least not on Wightlink, but I do think it's a bit too much to pay each month.They should subsidise commuter tickets instead of listening to a bunch of moaning island shoppers wanting to go on a day jolly. Don't want to pay the ludicrous price for a ferry? Don't live on a **** island!
by ian orchard
18th March 2013, at 23:19:06
it seems to be every time one of the red jets are in for its annual refit the others go wrong why cant red funnel make sure the two remaining ones are in full working order before they send one away. they know when they are due a refit i forgot it costs money to maintain them properly.
by Warren Copland
18th March 2013, at 21:19:05
18th March 2013, at 21:14:20
Spot on Sarah, I am an Islander too and have commuted to all over the place for over 10 years. The situation is awful at times, I had 11 texts from Red Funnel yesterday about the Red Jet service. I don't mind them communicating with me but they should have reliable ferries in the first place. I get a lot of 'well if you don't like then move'. The point is I am paying £307 a month so I expect a service to match what I'm paying!
by Sarah Parker
18th March 2013, at 19:58:00
Barry, everyone is entitled to an opinion, regardless of where they are from or how long they have lived there. I AM an Islander, more than 3 generations, and I commute to the mainland so I can afford to pay my mortgage. The ferry situation is awful for commuters, I would happily see a fixed link built or Government agreeing to pay the additional part of my salary if I took a local job.
by neil jacks
18th March 2013, at 17:00:30
Mathew think you missed the dotty train out on your ticket,
by Matthew Hampshire
18th March 2013, at 16:29:30
I like Ben's idea of a rail tunnel. Imagine as 'Le Chutel' throttles back to its 100mph tunnel speed for its 3 minute undersea passage before emerging onto the newly engineered Ryde to Shanklin line at Ryde St Johns International. Change at Smallbrook for HS3 for Newport and Freshwater. I'd buy a ticket.
by DAVE SCOTT
18th March 2013, at 13:05:38
I'm counting THREE posts same - NOT GUILTY
18th March 2013, at 13:04:32
Barry - you don't do irony, do you ??? A bridge will NEVER happen, despite the worst efforts of our resident town planner, Mr.Crowe - who lives in a delusional world where we all drive to Gurnard (???) then over a miraculous bridge to the mainland, then skirt past the flattened areas of Gosport and Fareham to the magical kingdom of the M27.....
by Peter Lewis
18th March 2013, at 12:59:13
I agree with Dave Scott, oh and for the record I am a mainlander who visits the island and gives a stuff about it as well.There simply will not be the money to build the bridge/tunnel/magic carpet for the foreseeable future. A barrage with turbines may affect silting levels and may render the northern part of the island a mud filled lagoon, ultimately rendering the turbines less efficient.Traffic flows will not return quickly enough for private investment.I do think though that , should the time arise when a crossing becomes a possibility, it should be the islanders that get the say on a yes or a no.It may be that in a decade or two , technology will allow for a permanent link. Don't hold your breath (unless you want to wade across).Despite not being happy about the way things are with the ferry, we will still be coming over and spending a couple of weeks in one of our favourite places.People only speak up because they do actually care.
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