Social Travel Britain Awards 2015
Wightlink is delighted to have been named the top ferry company in the country for using social media in the Social Travel Britain Awards 2015.
The awards recognise excellence in the use of digital and social media in Britain’s domestic tourism sector. Wightlink and its PR agency Flagship Consulting were rewarded for the innovative social media campaign #wightlive, which aims to raise the profile of the Isle of Wight’s diverse event and festival scene.

Spearheaded by Flagship, the campaign was run in collaboration with Visit Isle of Wight, and aimed at promoting Island events and boosting tourism during last year’s summer months. Visitors were encouraged to upload pictures of their activities to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram via www.wightlive.co.uk with thousands of pounds worth of prizes also on offer.

The initiative resulted in over 2000 competition entries and a 155% increase in social followers during the campaign, leading to Wightlink having the largest number of followers across the Island’s tourism sector. The campaign was such a success, it is due to be repeated this year.

Meanwhile, Wightlink is also proud to have been selected as “Best Sea Crossing Operator” finalist at the national 2015 Group Travel Awards. The annual celebration is run by Group Travel Organiser publication and recognises the very best suppliers to the group travel industry. Winners are chosen by readers of the magazine and will be announced on June 5 during a ceremony in London.

Mark Persad, Wightlink’s Head of Marketing, said: “It’s really great to be recognised for our social media efforts, working in partnership with Flagship, to celebrate and publicise the Island’s diverse range of events on offer to visitors through our #wightlive campaign. Winning awards like this really helps put the Isle of Wight’s music scene on the national map.

“Meanwhile, to also be shortlisted as the Best Sea Crossing Operator is a real reflection of how we continue to improve services for our customers. Our ongoing £800,000 programme of investment has, so far this year, seen enhanced passenger areas on board our flagship St Clare, and we’ve been delighted with the positive comments we’ve received from our customers,” he added.

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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

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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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