Red Jet
We have been working closely with local NHS services to optimise a regular hi-speed sailing schedule that co-ordinates with NHS workers' shift patterns as closely as possible. Following these talks, and taking into account the significantly reduced passenger numbers (following government advice for non-essential travel), we have made further revisions to our Red Jet timetable.

From Saturday 4 April 2020 the schedule will operate as follows:

From Southampton
05:45, 06:45, 07:45 08:45
16:45, 17:45, 18:45, 19:45, 20:45

From West Cowes

06:15, 07:15, 08:15, 09:15
17:15, 18:15, 19:15, 20:15, 21:15

Any season ticket holders who need to travel outside of these times can travel as foot passengers on our Vehicle Ferry Service, which is still running a regular timetable throughout the day.

The Wightlink Fastcat service, from Ryde Pier, will not run after the last sailing Monday, April 6th, as the company responds to the impact of coronavirus.

All sailings from Ryde Pier Head to Portsmouth will be cancelled, until further notice.

In other measures, unveiled last week and reported by the Isle of Wight County Press, the cross Solent operator is also minimising crossings on its Fishbourne/Portsmouth vehicle ferry route.

Read more: Isle of Wight cross-Solent operators now running 'skeleton service' - and FastCat to stop

From 6 am 7 April Tuesday the Portsmouth/Fishbourne route will be reduced to a two-hourly service.

Wightlink had previously suspended all sailings between Yarmouth and Lymington.

Hover Travel
The current timetable is the Essential Lifeline Timetable which will be in operation until further notice. Please follow the government’s advice and avoid non-essential travel.

Ryde to Portsmouth
06:15, 07:15, 08:15, 09:15, 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 14:15, 15:15, 16:15, 17:15, 18:15, 19:15

Portsmouth to Ryde
06:30, 07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30


Daisy Buses

Currently, Wessex Cancer Trust minibuses are running the service as needed. Week commencing 6 April there are no appointments at the QA, due to this the Portsmouth bus will not be running.


Deliveries on the Island

This just-launched Website, created by Islanders for Islanders, will help those living on the Isle of Wight find which business will deliver to their homes – Goods of all sorts and is free to use

A to Z to Me – has been launched to help people who live on the Isle of Wight find out which businesses will deliver goods to their homes during the Covid-19

It’s been put together by a tiny Isle of Wight team, with all of them putting our time in for free.

Looking after your mental health

These are very strange times due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19). It is important that we all stay safe at home. This is a very important thing we can all do. It will help to cut down the spread of the disease. It will also help us to keep healthy and well.

At times like this, we will all worry. We don’t just have to take care of our physical health but also our mental health.

You might already have a diagnosed mental health condition. You might be suffering low moods, stress, anxiety or depression for the first time because of worrying about the disease. You might be finding it hard to cope without meeting up with your friends and family to do the things you like to do. You might be finding it difficult having to stay at home.

The NHS on the Isle of Wight is working hard with lots of organisations. They have put together some information for anyone who might be struggling or wants some advice and guidance.

You can find out more on the Island Coronavirus website.


Support available on the Island

Local Authority working in conjunction with Community Action IW – co-ordinating local efforts
01983 823600 (Please do not ring The Riverside Centre number as The Riverside is closed)

Support to access groceries and medication.
Isle of Wight Coronavirus Community Help Group on Facebook
West Wight Coronavirus Support
01983 752168
[email protected] 

01982 525282

Priority Service Registers
0800 316 5457 (0800 316 5457 text phone)

0330 303 0277
Southern Water

0800 072 8625 or 0800 294 8604 if you're a Pay As You Go customer.
Or you can contact by textphone on 18001 0800 072 8626.
British Gas ensures vulnerable people are prioritised in the event of water or electricity outage or problems with their gas supply.

Carers IW
Carers IW Tel Calls – 533173
9-4pm Mon – Fri
10-4pm Sat-Sun for urgent calls only

Carers IW Email: [email protected] 

Given the new guidance, all face-to-face meetings, home visits, gym, groups and events will be suspended until further notice.

However, in order to support carers in the community we will be able to respond in other ways. If you feel the need to have a regular telephone call with us, please do ask.

For carers caring for those with high anxiety or dementia, it may be beneficial to avoid watching the news so to reduce their anxieties, if you are struggling with any aspect of their illness please do ring us.

Pan Together
Please phone 01983 248 170 between 9 am and 5 pm seven days a week
Email: [email protected] 

For those most affected by self-isolation who live within Pan, Pan Meadows and Barton and have little support Pan Together will be offering:

- A ‘special of the day’ meal delivery service for 4 per meal. Order by 10.30 am for delivery between 11.30 am and 1.30 pm
- Help with essential shopping
- A prescription-collection service.

Coronavirus Ryde Support Hub
01983 811105
Lines open: 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday

Ryde Town Council are working closely with Aspire Ryde and other organisations to help support residents of Ryde and the surrounding areas.
Residents can access:

- Advice and information from Citizens Advice
- Assistance for those in food poverty
- Assistance for those in vulnerable situations
- Assistance for those experiencing difficulties with self-Isolation
- Assistance with the delivery of prescriptions

Ventnor Town Council - Helpline
Helpline: (01983) 853775 or 857848 between 09:00 and 16:00
E-mail: [email protected]

Adult Social Care hotline for PAs for Covid19 queries
01983 821000 extn 6322

Please note new numbers for contacting People Matter IW
Lines open 10.00am – 4.00pm Monday to Thursday and 10.00am – 1.00pm on Friday.

Monday and Tuesday
07946 372 135

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
07983 527 739 

Phone numbers and contact details for support for Island residents