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Red Funnel to begin vehicle ferry service winter timetable four days early

Thu, Nov 3 2022

Isle of Wight, 24 October 2022: Red Funnel is starting its vehicle ferry winter timetable four days early, beginning on Saturday 29th October 2022.

The timetable will run as planned up until 31st March 2023.

The date change is due to essential maintenance for Red Eagle, which needs a Voith propulsion unit exchange.

This comes at a time when the company is preparing to send its vehicle ferries to Falmouth for annual refit. Ensuring Red Eagle is fit for service is essential, as the vessel will remain in service alongside Red Osprey while Red Falcon departs for Falmouth on 3rd November.

All affected customers with bookings between 29th October to 1st November have been notified with information about their new crossing times.

Fran Collins, CEO at Red Funnel Said: “Our winter timetable is designed to align to the quieter winter months, allowing for routine vessel maintenance outside of the busy summer season. This year, due to essential works on the Red Eagle, it has been necessary to begin the winter timetable slightly earlier than we planned. We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience. We will contact all impacted customers by tomorrow, 25 October to let them know their new sailing time.”

The winter timetable is available here:


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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, 2022 is Young Lives vs. Cancer.

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