Sponsorship of river evening crossings

28-09-2017  Following the Isle of Wight Councils decision to take the new Cowes floating bridge out of service from the end of August to resolve a number of technical issues, Red Funnel has stepped in on a trial basis to sponsor an evening service across the Medina River.

Although the IW Council is providing a reliable passenger launch service to enable passengers and cyclists to cross the river at peak times, the Folly Waterbus saw the opportunity for a service Monday to Thursday between 10am-1pm, after 7pm and between 10am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

With fares of £1.50 per person, the evening services Monday to Thursday have proved uneconomic so to avoid fare increases or service cuts, Red Funnel has agreed to sponsor the Folly Waterbus services on a trial basis for the next month. The current timetable is as follows: -

Current Timetable

IW Council

Folly Waterbus

Monday

05.00-10.00
13.00-19.00

10.00-13.00
19.00-23.30

Tuesday

05.00-10.00
13.00-19.00

10.00-13.00
19.00-23.30

Wednesday

05.00-10.00
13.00-19.00

10.00-13.00
19.00-23.30

Thursday

05.00-10.00
13.00-19.00

10.00-13.00
19.00-23.30

Friday

05.00-10.00
13.00-19.00

10.00-13.00
19.00-23.30

Saturday

05.00-10.00
17.00-23.00

10.00-17.00

Sunday

06.45-10.00
17.00-22.00

10.00-17.00


Kevin George, CEO of Red Funnel said: "The river crossing is vitally important to both local residents and Red Funnel's customers. We are therefore pleased to offer financial support for the service and we would encourage as many people as possible to make use of it."

David Foyle of Folly Waterbus commented "Red Funnel's support means that not only can we continue the evening service, we can continue to offer tickets at £1.50 each way. A huge thank you to Red Funnel and to our customers for their support in our endeavours in keeping East and West Cowes moving."

Councillor Stewart, leader of the IW Council said: “These are difficult times for all those involved and we are very grateful for this gesture of support for the community by Red Funnel. I think this should be publically acknowledged and I have thanked the Chief Executive for this commitment by his organisation. Red Funnel are strong supporters of the Island in many ways and this is yet another good example.”

-ENDS-

     

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