Timetable changes as car deck collapse investigation continues

By Ross Findon

Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:30


Timetable changes as car deck collapse investigation continues

The collapsed Wightlink car deck. Picture courtesy of Shane Thornton/@IOWImages.

CHANGES to Wightlink services this weekend have been announced as investigations continue into the collapse of a car deck on the St Helen ferry last Friday.

A spokesman said: "This is due to carrying out a thorough investigation of the problem with St Helen’s mezzanine deck. We will continue to provide a frequent service and are running nine additional return sailings whilst we await the return of St Helen."

The company asked travellers to check in 30 minutes before their booked sailing.

"Affected customers are being prioritised on the next available departure. We’d like to take this opportunity to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the unavoidable changes," the spokesman added.

Details of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch initial findings were yesterday made public, by Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner.

It revealed that around ten cars, with passengers inside them, were on the deck when it collapsed.

A crewman suffered concussion and a cut to the head, while three passengers suffered whiplash-related injuries.

The timetable will be:

Friday, July 25

Saturday, July 26

Sunday, July 27

Monday, July 28

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk


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