RED Funnel has announced it will expand its festive timetable and "keep the Island connected" throughout the Christmas holiday. 

As the festive season approaches and in response to changes in national lockdown restrictions, Red Funnel has today released its official Christmas timetable for its vehicle and Red Jet services. 

The company has also announced the return of an expanded Red Jet timetable.

From December 2, Red Jet crossings will revert to the timetable previously in effect prior to the operator’s current “commuter timetable”.

Red Jet Daily Departures, from December 2 to 20:

Departing Southampton (Terminal 2): 05:35, 06:55, 08:15, 9:35, 10:55, 12:15, 13:35, 14:55, 16:15, 17:35, 18:55, 20:15

Departing West Cowes: 06:15, 07:35, 08:55, 10:15, 11:35, 12:55, 14:15, 15:35, 16:55, 18:15, 19:35, 20:55

These new crossing times will remain in place seven days a week, with the exception of Saturday and Sunday, where there will be no 05:35 crossing from Southampton, and no 06:15 crossing from West Cowes.

Fran Collins, CEO, Red Funnel, said: “The festive period may be somewhat different for many of us this year. 

"We understand how important it is for those still travelling across the Solent to have access to a range of sailings, and therefore we are offering a comprehensive timetable of vehicle and Red Jet sailings throughout December."