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.

Wightlink pledge to resolve 16 months of ferry fleet problems

Keith Greenfield CEO Wightlink Ferries

The latest incident is the third failure of an engine resulting in a fire on Wight Sky over the last 16 months. Wightlink pledge to resolve the problems customers have experienced.

Tuesday, 18th December, 2018 11:02am

By Karen Woods with 3 readers' comments

Floating Bridge: Timetable for Christmas and New Year 2018

floaty and crane

Cllr Ward says he's particularly pleased with November’s availability figures for the Floating Bridge, because, he says "they show, without doubt, the floating bridge is doing the job it was built for the vast majority of the time".

Tuesday, 18th December, 2018 10:51am

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Ryde road closed for emergency water mains repair

Road closed sign

Diversions are in place whilst emergency water mains repairs take place.

Monday, 17th December, 2018 9:11am

By Sally Perry

Update on ferry service, following engine fire


The ferry has been withdrawn from the route as engineers from Wightlink, the engine manufacturer and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) continue to investigate what caused the engine failure.

Saturday, 15th December, 2018 6:32pm

By Karen Woods with one comment

Fire crews attend Isle of Wight ferry (updated)

wight sun

Five fire crews from the mainland attended a fire in the engine room of the Isle of Wight ferry.

Friday, 14th December, 2018 9:49am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Bridge upgrades improve cycle and pedestrian routes

footbridge shide media

Besides being rebuilt and strengthened, parts of the footbridges such as the handrails that were previously soft wood, have been replaced with hard wood components to make the structures more durable requiring less maintenance.

Friday, 7th December, 2018 9:59am

By Gavin Foster

MP questions ferry firm over apparent non-payment of UK corporation tax (updated)

Bob Seely

Although there could be a reasonable explanation, Isle of Wight MP, Robert Seely, says that "Wightlink appears to pay no tax on its earnings" and adds that neither do the holding companies. Wightlink respond.

Friday, 7th December, 2018 8:49am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Over half of questionnaire responders agree with Southampton clean air zone charging plans

CAZ graph

Due to the “unprecedented” number of responses by Southampton residents to the clean air zone consultation, the council's response to Westminster will have to be delayed.

Monday, 3rd December, 2018 2:54pm

By William Rimell, Local Democracy Reporter

Island Labour pass motion seeking to nationalise Isle of Wight ferries

Wightlink St Clare ferry:

Island Labour have agreed a motion to seek commitment from the Labour Party that they would adopt the policy of returning the ferry companies to public ownership as part of the programme of bringing the railway system back into public ownership.

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 12:31pm

By Julian Critchley with 20 readers' comments

Red Funnel experiencing delays due to thick fog in Solent (updated)

Town-Quay-fog-Red-Funnel cropped

Watch out for cross-Solent delays as dense fog affects Red Funnel services from East and West Cowes.

Tuesday, 27th November, 2018 8:57am

By Jonathan Green with 3 readers' comments

Bravery of ferry crew honoured by The Royal Humane Society

Royal Humane Society presentation on board Victoria of Wight

Had the Wightlink crew not acted as swiftly as they had, it is likely the man would have drowned. They have been honoured for their bravery and quick thinking.

Monday, 19th November, 2018 10:53am

By Karen Woods

Parish Council join business association to oppose parking charges plan

Parking meter

The Newport and Carisbrooke Parish Council have joined forces with the Business Association to oppose plans to introduce parking charges in the Nodehill and Crocker Street area of the county town.

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018 3:42pm

By Sally Perry