Overnight sailings and jobs to go at Wightlink

HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum from the air     Picture: Shaun Roster

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JOBS are set to go at Wightlink as the company announces it is axing overnight sailings.

Timetables are also set to be revised to match customer demand as the ferry firm asks staff to take voluntary redundancy.

Wightlink said some night sailings on its three routes were poorly used with staff often outnumbering passengers.

All workers on its Portsmouth-Ryde, Portsmouth-Fishbourne and Lymington-Yarmouth crossings will be offered redundancy to absorb the losses.

The company said it was not intending to make compulsory cuts. It is also planning a new pension scheme.

Chief executive Russell Kew said: ‘Although just two per cent of our customers travel on these sailings, I recognise that some customers will be significantly affected by these changes and I offer my sincere apologies to them.

‘However, we must secure the service for the overwhelming majority of customers for the long-term.

‘Making these changes will allow Wightlink to provide a sustainable timetable, still offering over 50,000 sailings a year.’

Anyone with questions can email feedback@wightlink.co.uk or visit wightlink.co.uk.