Archived News Release 30-10-2003
Red Funnel to operate Red Jet's from Gosport for Christmas shoppers
Red Funnel is delighted to announce that it will reintroduce a Red Jet Hi-Speed ferry service between Gosport and Southampton, from 8 November until 4 January 2004. The new service will run predominantly on Saturdays and Sundays and provides Portsmouth and Gosport residents with a fast, reliable and hassle free route to Southampton.
The new timetable coincides with Christmas Shopping hours at Southampton's West Quay, the south's premier shopping experience. The journey takes just 35 minutes and there will be four round trips on Saturdays (six from 6 December) and 4 round trips on Sundays. Pre and post Christmas week the service is extended to weekdays with six daily departures.
In Southampton, a convenient CityLink shuttle bus operates every 10 minutes between the Red Jet terminal and the train station calling at West Quay. This FREE bus link means walking distances are kept to a minimum whilst customers using the new Gosport Red Jet service can avoid parking charges in Southampton and the usual pre-Christmas travel delays.
Red Funnel canvassed local opinion when the Gosport (Portsmouth) to Southampton route was trialled during the Boat Show in September. There was huge support for the service, and local communities in both areas were keen to see it become a permanent feature.
Ticket prices start from £10 per adult, £5 per child (if booked online, a minimum of four days prior to travel). Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.redfunnel.co.uk/gosport or from Red Funnel's Travel Centre (0870 444 8898). Tickets can be purchased on the day of travel from the following ticket agents: First Travel Shop (Portsmouth Hard), Gosport Ferry Terminal (Gosport), Tourist Information Centre (Gosport) and Red Funnel's Terminal 2 Ticket Office in Southampton.
Olive Glass, Marketing Director for Red Funnel comments:
"We are very excited about the new route as our research proves that it will be well received. Portsmouth is perfect for those wanting to spend a day shopping at Gunwharf Quays with its array of designer shops, cafes overlooking the waterfront and great restaurants. Similarly those coming to Southampton, will find that West Quay offers an unrivalled retail experience in the south."
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