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Isle of Wight entrepreneur Melissa Hewison wins the Venus Award for Customer Service, sponsored by Wightlink

Melissa Hewison from Ryde has been honoured for the high standards of customer service at her Elite School of Swimming after impressing the judges of the regional Venus Awards for women in business. The Customer Service category was sponsored by Wightlink. Melissa set up her swimming school in Gurnard near Cowes in 2015. Her company […]

November, 14th 2017 Read full Press Release »

Discounted fares from Wightlink will help Islanders experience the magical world of Narnia this Christmas

Enchanted Narnia at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, promises to be a magical and festive day out. Set in a 7,000 square foot remake of the famous fictional land, the walk-through experience will leave you in the company of the biggest characters from CS Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Of course, Father Christmas will […]

November, 14th 2017 Read full Press Release »

Wightlink supports Islanders affected by this week’s rail strike

Wightlink is acting to help Isle of Wight commuters and other foot passengers who cross the Solent and then catch trains to their final destinations. The Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) has announced its intention to strike on Wednesday, 8 November and Thursday, 9 November 2017. The action will affect South Western Railway (including […]

November, 7th 2017 Read full Press Release »

Kids go free with Wightlink to the Gunwharf Quays fireworks

Islanders are being offered the chance to whizz across the Solent to Portsmouth for a sparkling family night out at one of the South Coast’s largest firework displays. Wightlink is offering a ‘children go free’ discount for families attending the annual Gunwharf Quays Fireworks Extravaganza on Thursday November 9 2017. Supported by Wave 105, the […]

November, 1st 2017 Read full Press Release »

Wightlink supports military personnel and emergency service workers

Wightlink has signed up with the Defence Discount Service and Blue Light Card to offer discounts for serving and retired military personnel as well as people working in the emergency services. More than a million people who hold these membership cards now enjoy discounts off Wightlink vehicle and foot passenger fares. They can make bookings […]

October, 31st 2017 Read full Press Release »

Almost a thousand years of service recognised at Wightlink

Thirty two Wightlink staff who reached career milestones over the last year have been rewarded with a celebration lunch at the Square Tower in Portsmouth. Directors and senior managers praised their hard work looking after customers and heard anecdotes from colleagues who sail the Solent on car ferries and catamarans or are based at the […]

October, 25th 2017 Read full Press Release »

Cheap thrills await at Gunwharf Hallowe’en spectacular

Islanders can enjoy some cheap thrills at a spectacular new Hallowe’en event courtesy of Wightlink. The ferry company is offering discounted travel for those brave enough to visit Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth this half term for the gruesome live scare attraction Torment – a 7,000 square foot immersive walk-through Halloween experience themed as a Victorian […]

October, 23rd 2017 Read full Press Release »

Wightlink welcomes Daryl Palmer

Daryl Palmer has joined Wightlink as Operations Director. He began his career as an apprentice engineer in Yorkshire then spent 20 years with Royal Mail and 11 years at Heathrow Airport in roles including Head of Operations in Terminals 1, 2 and 5. “I am joining the company at a significant time,” he says. “Wightlink’s […]

October, 4th 2017 Read full Press Release »

Wightlink launches Make Tracks on the Isle of Wight campaign

Wightlink has launched a major promotion to attract cycling visitors to the Island. The Make Tracks on the Isle of Wight campaign will encourage visitors of all ages to make use of the Island’s cycling amenities whether on or off-road. The campaign was launched this week to coincide with the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival […]

September, 27th 2017 Read full Press Release »

Young angler Liam lands first Wightlink award

A Ryde Academy student is the winner of a new annual trophy awarded by Wightlink to recognise responsible fishing from Ryde Pier. Liam Forbes, 12, a member of the Vectis Boating and Fishing Club, received the Wightlink Award for Most Responsible Angler from Operations Director Daryl Palmer at the historic Pier. Each year, the Vectis […]

September, 20th 2017 Read full Press Release »

Low vehicles (LV)

Up to 5.00m long
Up to 2.24m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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High vehicles (HV)

Up to 5.00m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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Low passenger vehicles (LP)

5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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High passenger vehicles (HP)

5.01m to 15m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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Low motorhome (LM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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High motorhome (HM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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Low commercial vehicles (LF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Up to 2.24m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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High commercial vehicles (HF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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Freight rigid (FR)

Freight vehicle 7.01m to 12m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Single chassis freight vehicles designed to carry heavy loads.
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Freight artic (FA)

Freight vehicle over 12m to 19m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Tractor-trailer freight vehicle up to 44 tonne GVWR with a split chassis or separate unit designed to carry heavy loads.
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Minibus (MINI)

Passenger vehicles 5.01m to 8m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Passenger vehicles with 8-17 seats.
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Coaches

Because we need to know additional information for coach bookings such as loaded and empty passenger numbers, please visit our Coach page to make your booking
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Motorcycle/trike/quad (MC)

Vehicles up to 3.5m long.
Motorcycles, Motorcycles with sidecars, three or four wheeled personal powered tricycle, TWIZY or quad bike up to 3.5m long.
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Bicycles and mobility scooters

Mobility Scooters must be battery powered.
Electric bikes must retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider.
Pushbikes, e-bikes and battery powered Mobility scooters travel free of charge when a customer purchases a foot passenger ticket.
No need to book separately.
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