(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.
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.