Sailings cancelled by Wightlink

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


A PROBLEM with a navigation light has led to the cancellation of some Wightlink ferry crossings.

The company has cancelled the 6.40am Lymington to Yarmouth sailing and the 7.50am Yarmouth to Lymington sailing tomorrow (Wednesday).

It follows the cancellation two sailings this evening for the same reason.


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by Keven Ball

22nd January 2014, at 21:24:36

This is a major problem with ferry crossing. If there is an issue with them then everyone has to suffer and wait!

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by Baz Taylor

22nd January 2014, at 18:36:55

@T Rollingsworth: Who mentioned a bridge? Read Robert Smith's post again. Dense fog wouldn't affect a TUNNEL! Doh!

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by neil jacks

22nd January 2014, at 13:27:38

SPT, would that include sunday afternoon thieves and vagabonds too? Sunday afternoon house buyers, therefore developers not only of housing but of industrial estates, warehouses and heavy industry?
I still remain convinced that we are better able to support our way of life and our Island without a fixed link crossing. To become an extension of industrialised Southampton/Portsmouth would not be what I think this Island and its residents have stood for, relied upon and cherished for many many years. I accept change and growth within all sectors of business and life in general, but I firmly believe that a fixed link would have a detrimental effect upon the way of life on the Island that the majority would oppose.

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by T Rollingsworth

22nd January 2014, at 12:55:58

It may be worth noting that some of the cancellations on Tuesday were an effect of the harbour master deeming the mouth of the harbour as dangerous, so boats had limited windows to enter/exit. (This was the case for Portsmouth anyway).

Kara is right though, my yearly pass makes my journey less than 3.50 each way, which is far less than a bus/train would be over an imaginary bridge, and far less than the cost of me parking if I were to drive across.

But still, what would you lot moan about then eh?!

It may also be worth considering that in dense fog, a bridge would probably be closed too due to possible dangers,

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by Kara Rann

22nd January 2014, at 12:43:10

I was booked on a sailing at 11.20 Sunday morning, which was cancelled, waiting until 12.20. Wightlink get all the bad press, but we would only moan if there was a bridge with toll charges, increased population, crime, poorer road conditions. Despite the bad, they do a lot of good. Commuters pay £1700 a year for an annual pass, that's £6 odd pound a day on a 5 day week, plus 2 free car crossings a year. The cost rose by £60 for next year (not extortionate). Why is it we are too narrow minded and focus on the bad and not the good. Perhaps we should have a taster of the Steam Packet on the Isle of Man?!

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by steve paul taylor

22nd January 2014, at 10:14:35

neil I think you're wrong a tunnel will open up a whole new Sunday afternoon drive/ride out for thousands of families but. Look at the roads at the weekend they are busier than weekdays with people aimlessly driving around in circles cos they're bored. Mind you the island roads will be stuffed full and presumably that brings more road accidents and the island is the squadron leader for bad driving and car/bike accidents !!!!

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by neil jacks

22nd January 2014, at 09:12:07

Robert, one problem, you may find it difficult to find anyone at the other end who wants a tunnel to the Isle of Wight.

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22nd January 2014, at 09:04:55

ONE answer and it can be used 24 / 7 AND for 365 days and its NOT a bridge but a TUNNEL.
I know it will cost more to build but you wouldn't see a large structure going between us and the north island and it could be used ALL the time. The only buildings visible would be the entrees on either side but they can be camouflaged with trees.
Just think force 9 in mid winter or the captain is sick, just having the luxury of jumping in my car and driving down to the tunnel WHEN l won't to go NOT when lm told I CAN GO to and from the north island.

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by steve paul taylor

22nd January 2014, at 08:33:27

I am amazed that this company can play with peoples lives the way they do. Its almost as if they do it purpose in retaliation for the perfectly legitimate abuse they received concerning the pathetic way the company is run. That includes the extortionate prices the unreliable service and the rudeness of some of the staff especially mainland side.

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by Stephen Elliott

22nd January 2014, at 07:55:16

Any excuse to cut a service due to mismanagement

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