WIGHTLINK will run a temporary timetable on its Yarmouth to Lymington route while maintenance work is carried out on the Yarmouth linkspan.

Between Monday, March 18, and Sunday, Match 24, the Yarmouth harbour authority will be working on the boarding ramp's operational cables.

Wightlink will continue to carry cars, vans, smaller lorries and foot passengers, using a nearby concrete slipway and portable boarding ramp.

Heavy lorries and coaches will be transferred to the Fishbourne to Portsmouth route.

All customers have been advised of the changes.

Yarmouth harbourmaster Tim Adams said: "This is regular maintenance to the linkspan that we carry out every five years. We will be replacing 16 cables that help raise and lower the boarding ramp.

"We have worked closely with our colleagues at Wightlink in planning this essential work to minimise disruption to everyone who uses the ferries."

Wightlink Operations Director Daryl Palmer said: "We are announcing this temporary change to our timetables in good time to inform customers of this scheduled maintenance work.

"We recognise the importance of Wightlink’s Lymington to Yarmouth route to our customers in the West Wight and are happy to work with the Harbour Commissioners to ensure their port facilities are in the best-possible condition."

The temporary timetable can be viewed here.

Further work will be carried out on the linkspan later in 2019, which will require similar amendments to Wightlink’s service between Lymington and Yarmouth. More details will be released in due course.