Wightlink has announced three changes to its Multilink pass for regular travellers. Two of the changes probably won't affect vast numbers of people but I thought it was worth highlighting the third one - which could save you a lot of money if you're a couple who visit (or leave) the Isle of Wight at least twice a year.
Here's my main point for those who don't want to read the full waffle.
If you travel as a foot passenger on the Ryde Pier Head to Portsmouth Harbour crossing as a couple twice a year, then it is now almost certainly worth getting a Multilink passenger pass.
Anyway, on with the main waffle.
The first two changes that Wightlink has made are to do with the Multilink vehicle passes. You can now have three people on your pass instead of two, as long as you live at the same address. For example, a mum and dad living on the Isle of Wight and their grown-up daughter could share a pass if she still lives at home. You don't need to travel together, so it is now easier to use up several journeys between you.
The second change is that you need to cancel Multilink vehicle bookings with 24 hours notice, rather than with an hour's notice. However, it seems you can still amend bookings so it's not a big deal. I think some people were booking several crossings on the same day and then cancelling the ones they didn't need.
The first two changes only affect those with an Isle of Wight residence (permanent residents or second home owners).
The third change is to the Multilink foot passenger pass, which is available to anyone - whether you have an Isle of Wight address or just enjoy visiting. So, if you live in Portsmouth and pop over on a sunny day then this deal is for you.
You can now have two names on a Multilink passenger pass instead of one, as long as you are part of the same family.
The minimum number of passes you can buy is 10 singles which are valid for 12 months. So, previously you would need to visit the Isle of Wight five times in a year, whereas now it is two or three times per pass holder.
Let's crunch some numbers for visitors from Portsmouth:
For Isle of Wight residents, it is quite similar:
It gets a little more complicated once you factor in discounts, concessions and the different fares for the Lymington and Fishbourne ferries. For example:
Anyway, I'll leave you to chew over those numbers.
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