Wightlink says it has ‘no firm date’ for the reintroduction of its FastCat services between Ryde and Portsmouth, despite growing demand from commuters and those planning visits to the Island as lockdown eases.

The ferry firm maintains that it is continuing to review the demand for foot passenger travel between the Pier Head in Ryde and Portsmouth Harbour, but insists that very few people are currently trying to cross the Solent. The service has been suspended since December last year in the wake of coronavirus travel restrictions.

The announcement came as the Wightlink website began to show timetables for later this month, although details of those departures have since been removed.

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A Wightlink spokesperson said:

“There is plenty of capacity on Wightlink’s car ferries from Portsmouth to Fishbourne to carry everyone who wishes to travel at this time, whether in a vehicle or as a foot passenger. Wightlink tickets and passes are also being accepted on Hovertravel services.

“Wightlink looks forward to reopening its Fast Cat services as soon as demand returns but at this time does not have a firm date to announce.”

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