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Wightlink announces its summer 2023 timetable

Wightlink Fastcat service to Ryde Pier

Wightlink announces its summer 2023 timetable  

(24 Jan 2023) Wightlink is announcing additional FastCat services between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier starting on Monday 27 March 2023. There will also be changes to the Lymington-Yarmouth timetable to improve connections with South Western Railway (SWR) trains.  

Wightlink Fastcat service to Ryde Pier
Wightlink Fastcat service to Ryde Pier

The extra FastCat evening sailings will be the 21:20 and 22:45 from Portsmouth and the 22:00 and 23:10 from Ryde. Crossings will also be hourly throughout the day, Monday-Sunday.  

Foot passengers can also travel on Wightlink’s car ferries. The 22:15 and 23:59 crossings from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (returning at 23:00 and 01:00) complement the scheduled FastCats to offer extra sailings to and from the Isle of Wight.  

On the Lymington-Yarmouth route, Wightlink’s summer timetable is being adjusted to ensure customers have more time to make connections between ferries and trains at Lymington Pier station*.  

“We have always made it clear that we would add additional FastCat sailings when customer numbers justified the decision,” says Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield. “I hope many Islanders and mainland customers will take advantage of these additional crossings.   

“We also trust the minor amends to our Lymington-Yarmouth service will be helpful for customers who use the connecting SWR trains to and from Brockenhurst and the rail network beyond.”  

*From Monday 27 March 2023, the 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00 ferries from Lymington to Yarmouth will depart five minutes later to aid customers arriving by rail at Lymington Pier. The return sailings from Yarmouth will depart at ten minutes past the hour.  

Brittany Ferries hails strong start to 2023

Brittany Ferries hails strong start to 2023

(23 Jan 2023) Forward reservations are up by 20 per cent. In total, 125,000 more passengers have booked to travel with Brittany Ferries, compared with the same period last year.

Meanwhile the company’s next ship Santoña – powered by cleaner liquefied natural gas – is en-route to Europe, ready to enter service in March. She will sail from Portsmouth to Santander in Spain and to Cherbourg in France.

Salamanca arriving in Portsmouth

“It’s early days, but we are delighted with how things are looking this year,” said Paul Acheson, director sales and marketing Brittany Ferries. “Our first sailing took place on 2 January 1973. Fifty years on we have emerged from the Covid era with more people choosing the pace, space and convenience of travelling by sea. More than ever, we are ready to welcome passengers on board to enjoy a vacation in the most beautiful parts of France and Spain.”

Brittany Ferries serves five destinations in northern France (Le Havre, Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo and Roscoff) and two in Spain (Bilbao and Santander). Services depart Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth.