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Wightlink Portsmouth-Fishborne ferry crossing to be reduced

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Daytime ferry crossings between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight are to be reduced in frequency.Wightlink said daytime services would drop from half-hourly to hourly in its 2018-19 timetable when Victoria of Wight joins its fleet.The company said there would be more evening sailings and the new £30m ship would have more capacity for vehicles.It said the “readjustment” followed feedback from customers and would help improve punctuality.The Victoria Of Wight, currently under construction in Turkey, is a new hybrid diesel and electric-powered vessel due to enter service on the Fishborne-Portsmouth cross-Solent route.The company said the 2018-19 timetable, due to start in October, would have “slightly fewer sailings” but it was responding to customers who wanted more evening sailings.

It said there would be eight more evening round-trip sailings each week and an increase in the number of discounted spaces for frequent travellers. Extra half-hourly sailings will also be scheduled during bank holidays and other busy times.Chief executive Keith Greenfield said: “There are generally benefits to the environment, timetable resilience and the standard of travel that passengers will enjoy using our two large ships on a core hourly service.”Earlier this week, the company opened a new customer terminal building at the Gunwharf ferry port in Portsmouth.
Source: BBC Hamp