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Red Funnel announces extension of winter timetable in support of essential maintenance

Wed, Apr 27 2022

Red Funnel has announced it will be continuing to operate its winter timetable into the first few days of May, and will now introduce its summer timetable from Friday 5th May.

The timetable change is necessary to allow sufficient time to complete additional steelwork which is required following Red Osprey’s annual out of water hull inspection.

The operator has announced changes to its timetable as follows:

  • 28th April to 4th May –  winter timetable
  • 5th May to 31st Oct – summer timetable

To assist with additional traffic over the bank holiday weekend Red Funnel also be adding an extra round trip on its vehicle ferry service on Friday 28th April, departing from Southampton at 22:30 and from East Cowes at 23:55

Customers with affected bookings (April 28th – 4th May) will be contacted by email if their sailing time has changed. To ensure continuity for essential freight and free more space on its vehicle ferries, Red Funnel will also operate additional Red Kestrel freight ferry sailings on key dates in April.

Leanna Lakes, Operations Director at Red Funnel, said: “We heavily invest in regular inspections, maintenance, and improvements across our vessels and shore infrastructure. Health and safety is always at the forefront of our operations and the additional work required to the Red Osprey is essential to ensure we continue our compliance with health and safety regulations. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause our passengers who are travelling with us during this time. We’ll be signposting this information across all our communication channels.”

Red Funnel’s updated vehicle ferry timetable information can be found here: 


For further information, please contact [email protected] / 077 7665 1461
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Notes to editors
About Red Funnel

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with roots tracing back to 1820. Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3m passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1m passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.  

In addition to ferry travel, Red Funnel is the only cross-Solent operator to offer ferry inclusive bonded holiday accommodation, attraction tickets, festival and event tickets and activity packages. Sub-brands include ‘Red Jet’ (the Hi-Speed passenger only ferry service serving West Cowes) and its on board café, ‘ReFuel’.

The Company is a founder member of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, the Island’s not for profit destination management organisation and Red Funnel sponsors or supports most of the Island’s premier events including the IW Festival, Cowes Week, Rhythm Tree, Wight Proms, and Walk the Wight as well as a range of community and niche interest events. Red Funnel’s Charity of the Year, 2023 is Aspire.
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