Wightlink: Portsmouth to see more Isle of Wight ferry passengers after Lymington ferry route closed
TRAFFIC to and from the ferry port in Portsmouth is set to increase for the foreseeable future, after a ferry company announced it will be closing one of its routes.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wightlink will suspend travel on its Lymington to Yarmouth route as of Tuesday, March 31, meaning all passengers will now use the Portsmouth to Fishbourne route.
While the company says the number of passengers has decreased since the prime minister’s lockdown announcement, there are still essential workers who need to travel to and from the island.
The suspension aims to reduce the spread of coronavirus to Wightlink staff and subsequently into nearby communities.
Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield said: ‘We know suspending the service will disrupt the travel plans of some customers and we apologise, but it no longer makes sense to continue operating a route with very few customers while exposing our colleagues to risk.
‘We have plenty of capacity on our Portsmouth to Fishbourne ships to carry all the essential travellers who need to cross the Solent at this time.’
Existing Lymington to Yarmouth vehicle bookings are being transferred to the Portsmouth to Fishbourne route.
Customers can amend their tickets for free online or claim a refund from the firm.
Some of the staff working on the Lymington to Yarmouth route will now work on the Portsmouth service.
The firm claims the city’s route has enough room for all the displaced vehicles.