Trial of later Red Jet sailings announced

Late night sailings

The Better Ferry Campaign gives wholehearted support to the moves by Red Funnel to introduce a slightly later timetable for RedJet Services, Mon-Thu, during December.

People travelling to and from the Isle of Wight this winter are set to receive a boost as later sailings mean more time to have festive fun on both sides of the water. Shoppers, theatregoers and Christmas party revellers are just some of the people who will benefit from the later Red Jet sailing times from 1-23 and 29-30 December.

Starting from 1st December 2014 the following changes will apply:

From Southampton
21:45 will depart at 22:00 (a.22:25, connects with 22:29 or 22:44 Service 1 bus to Newport)
22:45 will depart at 23:00 (a.23:25, connects with 23:29 or 23:44 Service 1 bus to Newport).

From West Cowes
22:15 will depart at 22:30 (a.22:55)
23:15 will depart at 23:30 (a.23:55).

The timetable Friday to Sunday will remain unchanged as there is already a later sailing from Southampton at 23:45 and from West Cowes at 00:15.

The complete Red Jet timetable for December and the New Year is available online at

These Monday to Thursday changes will give Mayflower theatre goers additional time to catch a Red Jet back to the Island and will benefit Christmas shoppers visiting Southampton, Winchester or London. The new later times connect (via taxi in Southampton) with South West Trains 20:35 and 21:35 departures from London Waterloo and with Southern Vectis bus services (Route 1) between Cowes and Newport.

Andrew Turner, MP for the Isle of Wight, has contributed his response to these changes, saying, “I am encouraged that Red Funnel are trialling changes to their timetabled services in response to public feedback and I‘m also pleased they will be listening to the actual experiences of their customers before making these changes permanent. The connecting buses into Newport will also be important for many people. I very much welcome this initiative.”

The Better Ferry campaign believes this opens up greater connectivity especially for Islanders and is a practical initiative backing up the statements by Red Funnel and their MD Kevin George that the company truly is engaging to focus on its stable Island customer base and wherever possible improve services.

Well done Red Funnel.

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