WIGHTLINK will introduce more weekend sailings on its Yarmouth to Lymington route next year — but will axe overnight FastCat sailings.

Following a three-month summer trial of overnight sailings on the Ryde to Portsmouth foot passenger service, Wightlink said fewer people than expected wanted to travel at that time.

However, the car ferry service will continue to run between Fishbourne and Portsmouth between midnight and 6am.

On the Yarmouth to Lymington car ferry service, there will be, on average, an extra 16 round-trips between Friday and Monday during the summer.

Three ferries will be in operation between April and August.

Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield said: “We are delighted to provide extra sailings this summer between Lymington and Yarmouth to meet increasing demand from Islanders and holidaymakers.

“Next summer, there will be more than 300 extra round-trip crossings carrying another 45,000 vehicles on this scenic route.”