EXTRA sailings will be put on by ferry firm Red Funnel as more people travel to and from the Isle of Wight this summer.

The firm says it has seen an increase in the number of people and vehicles choosing to travel to the island via Southampton.

The total cross-Solent car market has increased by 2.3 per cent between January to June this year, compared to the same period last year, thanks to an improving economy, according to the firm.

As a result, four additional Red Jet sailings will operate on Sunday afternoons between July 27 and August 31. An additional passenger vehicle ferry will operate on Friday and August 22.