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 Island Line) and Southern Railway services.

During those two days, customers who wish to take their cars or motorbikes to the mainland will be offered a discount of 10% on day return fares. Customers can just turn up at Wightlink’s Fishbourne and Yarmouth ticket offices and quote ‘Rail Strike Assistance’ to secure the discount. The usual booking fees for customers who book in person, using this discount, will also be waived on this occasion.

For foot passengers still travelling between Ryde Pier Head and Portsmouth Harbour on the FastCat, Wightlink are offering a courtesy bus service up and down Ryde pier.

Daryl Palmer, Director of Operations, says: “Customers who travel by rail as part of their journey are very important to Wightlink and we wanted to help them get to their destinations during this period of disruption. We hope as many as possible will take advantage of this special discount and courtesy bus service.”

For more information contact Karen Woods on 07775 694266 or karenwoods@wightlink.co.uk.


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