Isle of Wight Ferry

The Isle of Wight is separated from Mainland England by a stretch of water called the Solent.

Wightlink and Red Funnel offering vehicles ferries and high speed catamaran services.

Below are articles relating to Isle of Wight ferries.

Islander launches #WiseUpMaskUp social media campaign (update 2)

man wearing a mask sat in back of a car

Adrian Brewer has launched a social media campaign calling on those who can wear masks to make sure they do in situations where it is required

Wednesday, 18th November, 2020 8:54am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Letter: Time for the Government to step in and nationalise ferry operators

House of Parliament and Westminster Bridge

The handout to the ferry companies in the first lockdown "proves without doubt, that cross Solent Transport is in fact a special case", says Labour's Richard Quigley

Wednesday, 11th November, 2020 4:02pm

By Richard Quigley with 7 readers' comments

Wightlink launch consultation with staff following £20m losses since start of pandemic

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Wightlink say they lost £20 million in revenue at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and have launched a consultation with staff. Full details within

Wednesday, 11th November, 2020 1:38pm

By Karen Woods with 5 readers' comments

RedJets to continue through lockdown, but with revised timetable

Redjet 7

Red Funnel boss says they remain deeply committed to doing everything they can to keep sailing and maintain their cross-Solent services

Wednesday, 11th November, 2020 12:27pm

By Enya Lumley

Letter: Government must afford Island commuters same right as rail commuters

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As the FastCat is preparing to be suspended later this week, this Isle of Wight commuter says the Government must afford Island commuters the same rights as rail commuters

Wednesday, 11th November, 2020 9:51am

By Lynn Lansbury with 2 readers' comments

‘Government intervention’ may be necessary says Isle of Wight council leader over ferry suspension

Map of the Solent

Dave Stewart says decisions on services rest with the private ferry companies, but that he'll work with the MP and Dept for Transport to impress on them that it may be necessary to arrange government intervention

Tuesday, 10th November, 2020 12:53pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

FastCat to be suspended after 80 per cent drop in passenger numbers during lockdown

new fastcat catamarans

Wightlink say it's not sustainable to run loss-making services with such low numbers of customers, and announced changes to FastCat and Yarmouth routes

Tuesday, 10th November, 2020 12:19pm

By Karen Woods with 4 readers' comments

Everything you need to know about travelling with Red Funnel during lockdown #2

Aerial shot of Red Funnel ferry leaving Cowes

As we approach the second national lockdown, Red Funnel has prepared a set of questions and answers to help offer clarity about ferry travel

Tuesday, 3rd November, 2020 4:32pm

By Melissa Piercy with 4 readers' comments

Lockdown #2: ‘Travel for holidays and visits should cease’, says Isle of Wight council leader

Wightlink has been working closely with Sainsbury's to get essential supplies to the Island

The Isle of Wight council leader said that temperature testing on ferry passengers had been considered and discounted. He explains why cross-Solent travel must continue despite lockdown

Monday, 2nd November, 2020 2:37pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

FB6 deep dive #4: Last two years of Floating Bridge ticket earnings revealed

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If you’ve been wondering ‘How much income has the Floating Bridge been bringing in?’ we’ve got the answers for you

Friday, 30th October, 2020 6:47am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Wightlink Voice Assistant App: Here’s how to get and use it

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The Wightlink Voice Assistant App for Amazon Alexa and Google Home lets you find out live information about the ferry service by speaking to it. It’s been developed by Island-based Wight Computers

Thursday, 29th October, 2020 10:34am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight ferry companies react to claims that not being able to stay in cars ‘will exacerbate Covid-19 pandemic’

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Isle of Wight resident Mike is concerned that ferry passengers are being ‘forced out of their cars’ during cross-Solent journeys. News OnTheWight asked the ferry companies for their reaction

Monday, 26th October, 2020 12:10pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments