Those travelling across the Solent with Wightlink this morning (Monday) are facing significant disruption and delay due to the absence of a staff member.
This article first appeared in the Island Echo – https://www.islandecho.co.uk/cancellations-and-delays-on-wightlinks-fishbourne-route-at-start-of-new-week/
The cross-Solent operator emailed customers at 06:30 to advise that the 06:40 sailing from Portsmouth and the 07:40 from Fishbourne had been cancelled due to the absence of an ‘essential crew member’.
It appears the 08:40 from Fishbourne has also been cancelled With customers being transferred to the next available sailing.
Now, Wightlink are advising of 1 hour delays across all sailings on its Fishbourne-Portsmouth route – at one of the busiest times of the year.
Wightlink says that they have been unable to source short notice cover for the absent members of staff and so have taken this action as a last resort.
UPDATE @ 08:56 – Wightlink says that cover has now been sourced and services are back running to timetable.