Isle of Wight travel

Our Travel section is the place to check for fast and accurate travel updates from all the ferry companies, bus, train and hovercraft operator. In this section, we’ll also let you know about road closures and diversions.

Social distancing on the Cowes floating bridge replacement service during maintenance work

person with facemask

The passenger launch can take up to 25 people per crossing, but the issue of social distancing was raised by an OnTheWight reader. Here's the answer

Thursday, 9th July, 2020 6:15pm

By Sally Perry

Cowes Floating Bridge to be out for ten days for maintenance works

floating bridge suspended sign

The work could not be scheduled earlier during lockdown, but is anticipated to be completed in time for the summer holidays

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 12:22pm

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Ferry passengers travelling to and from Isle of Wight will no longer be able to stay in vehicles

ferry wash

Red Funnel and Wightlink are both reverting back to passengers having to vacate their vehicles during cross-Solent sailings. Full details within

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 10:20am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Cross-Solent foot passenger numbers at around 15 per cent of normal levels say Isle of Wight council

Ryde Pier

The Isle of Wight council say they are closely monitoring the number of cross-Solent passengers in order to work out when the FastCat should be reinstated. Details within

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 9:11am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Free Isle of Wight parking only available to certain keyworkers

parking meter

Cllr Ian Ward says "as lockdown measures are relaxed, it is no longer possible to continue providing free parking for all"

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 10:00am

By IW Council Press Office

Mainland and Isle of Wight Police work together tackling dangerous driving – issuing many tickets

Police standing by vans:

Following reports of dangerous driving on the Isle of Wight the RP/ARV team were joined by Roads Policing Officers from the mainland to carry out work to address this

Monday, 6th July, 2020 3:13pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Minimum service level must be implemented for Fastcat, say Isle of Wight transport users’ group

new catamarans

Isle of Wight Bus and Rail Users' Group say the hovercraft "is not an acceptable alternative" and the FastCat needs to return to service

Monday, 6th July, 2020 11:25am

By Stuart George with one comment

Isle of Wight councillor Wayne Whittle ‘disappointed’ about delay of FastCat return

Cllr Wayne Whittle is disappointed

Cllr Wayne Whittle says Wightlink need to bring the Fastcat back into service now, and describes talks with the ferry company bosses as ‘very distressing’

Saturday, 4th July, 2020 1:07pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 14 readers' comments

Re-introduction of some Isle of Wight ferry services welcomed by council leader

Dave Stewart

The Isle of Wight council leader says the reinstatement of some ferries demonstrates confidence that the Island is re-opening and ready to welcome visitors back to support our local businesses

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 10:35am

By IW Council Press Office with 6 readers' comments

Hovertravel increase flights in anticipation of increased post-lockdown traffic (updated)

Hovertravel - finalist in Ukinbound Awards

Hovertravel say their priority has been, and always will be, the safety of their passengers and staff

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 10:16am

By Stephen Forster

Latest on Wightlink’s Yarmouth, Fishbourne and FastCat routes

Wight Sun ferry at Yarmouth

Three months into lockdown and Wightlink are able to provide a further update on their three ferry services from the Isle of Wight to the mainland

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 10:07am

By Karen Woods

Cowes Floating Bridge to go fully contactless for payments from next week

Contactless payments on floating bridge

Ian Ward says being able to use contactless payments on the Cowes Floating Bridge will make it faster and easier to pay and reduce health risks of handling cash

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 8:51am

By Sally Perry with one comment