Wightlink is resuming services on its Portsmouth Harbour-Ryde Pier Head FastCat route and restoring weekend sailings between Lymington and Yarmouth – both from Saturday 5 December 2020.  

However the sailings will not include normal commuter times.

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This timetable will continue through Christmas season and into the New Year. 

Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield said: “We have reviewed our services following the Government announcement that the Isle of Wight will be in Tier 1, with Hampshire and Portsmouth in Tier 2 of Covid-19 restrictions, when lockdown ends next week.  I am pleased that the forecast demand for travel has allowed us to resume our suspended services from Saturday 5 December and we look forward to welcoming customers on board as they make their preparations for Christmas. 

“Under the leadership of Isle of Wight Council, cross-Solent operators continue to work together during the pandemic to keep the Island connected and supplies moving.” 

It comes a day after the Isle of Wight was revealed to be one of only three places to be put in Tier One, when lockdown ends next week.

What will run?

  • The first FastCat will leave Portsmouth Harbour on weekdays at 07:15 (07:47 from Ryde) and the last at 16:15 (16:47 from Ryde).
  • Weekend services will begin an hour later and end with the 17:15 round-trip from Harbour.
  • The Lymington-Yarmouth car ferry timetable will continue to be amended to support Island students who need to attend classes on the mainland, with the first sailing leaving Yarmouth at 07:30.
  • Weekend sailngs will return on the Yarmouth route.
  • There will be extra sailings on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne car ferry route from Monday 21 December to Sunday 3 January 2021. 

Meanwhile, Wightlink and Hovertravel will continue to co-operate.

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