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Red Funnel returns to a more hourly service timetable with all three vehicle ferries in operation

Mon, May 17 2021

Red Funnel is pleased to announce it has resumed its fuller scheduled summer timetable from today, Thursday 13 May. The operator has been running a slightly reduced timetable since 20 April due to planned maintenance on Red Falcon, which was carried out to facilitate the installation of a new crankshaft.  

Red Osprey was unexpectedly taken out of service this week (10 May) due to an exhaust gas leak inside the engine’s water-cooling system.

With all three vehicle ferries now back in service, Red Funnel will revert to an hourly service during peak travel times.

The daily vehicle ferry timetable effective immediately is:

Departing Southampton:

0300, 0500, 0600, 0800, 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1930, 2100, 2355

Departing East Cowes:

0130, 0430, 0630, 0730, 0830, 0930, 1030, 1130, 1230, 1330, 1430, 1530, 1630, 1730, 1830, 1930, 2100, 2230

Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, commented: “We are really pleased to have our planned summer timetable back along with all three boats in service. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank our customers for their patience with the reduced timetable as we undertook scheduled and essential maintenance on Red Falcon. We also greatly apologise for the recent disruption to service as a result of the engine issue with Red Osprey. Our team worked hard to repair the vessel and get her back in service the next day but we appreciate the inconvenience this will have caused, especially on a busy Monday.”   

The vehicle ferry timetable is expected to remain in place, as-is until the winter timetable takes effect on 2 November.

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For further information regarding Red Funnel, please contact:
Enya Lumley or Leila Andrews at McKenna Townsend
T: 01425 472330
E: [email protected]

Editor’s note
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, The Great Wonderfest, Wight Proms, Cowes Classics, and Walk the Wight as well as a range of community and niche interest events. Red Funnel’s Charity of the Year, 2021 is Isle of Wight Independent Lifeboats.

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