Next year we’ll change how we configure our fleet. One of our W-class ships, which currently operates between Yarmouth and Lymington, will move to operate on the Fishbourne to Portsmouth route. It will replace St Helen, which will be retired from our fleet.
This change will protect service levels and improve your experience on the busy 24 hour Fishbourne to Portsmouth route whilst having minimal impact on the Yarmouth to Lymington route, where the core timetable (including the first and last sailings of the day) will remain unchanged.
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A major ten-week engineering project to repair the storm-damaged rail network on the Isle of Wight will begin on Monday 12 January.
Trains connecting the Pier Head and Esplanade will maintain connections with Wightlink’s Catamaran service but the line will be closed between Ryde St Johns Road and Shanklin so that a permanent repair can be made to stabilise the slope at Sandown.
During the engineering work, a rail replacement bus service will run between Shanklin Station, Lake (High Street), Sandown (Broadway), Brading (Bullring) and Ryde St Johns Station. A revised train service will operate between Ryde St Johns Road, Ryde Esplanade and Ryde Pier Head. Smallbrook Junction will not be served during this time.
Rail ticket holders will also be able to use Southern Vectis Route 2 and 3 service buses between Ryde and Shanklin in both directions.
Plans are also in place to provide additional coach services on school days for the benefit of schoolchildren.
For more information about the bus replacement service, please go to: http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/island-line-timetable.aspx
Impact on services & sailings: service updateThis timetable update was added: December 18, 2014