Today the news that ferry company Wightlink has confirmed that it is definitely going to suspend its FastCat catamaran service between Ryde Pier Head and Portsmouth Harbour after Christmas Eve has been met with dismay and worry.
It had been rumoured that the service would stop after Christmas day due to a huge decline in passenger numbers but it wasn’t until today that the cross-Solent operator confirmed that a complete suspension will come into force from the end of 24th December.
Will this mean a huge decline in visitors and further disrupt and decimate the tourism the island so relies on? Will keeping the island in tier 1 and safe from the potential harm from Covid actually encourage people to move to the island either short or longer term seeking refuge and safety?
Transport links will need to remain open but for now essentially travel only is the best option.