New Lymington to Yarmouth ferry service to launch on 9th May

New Lymington to Yarmouth ferry service to launch on 9 May

Filling the gap left by cuts to ferry crossings, this new foot passenger service hopes to prove the demand for early morning and late night ferries during its six month pilot.

Mersey Rose starlightA former Bembridge lifeboat will be launching once again in May, but it will be providing a rescue of a different nature this time. The MV Mersey Rose will be filling the gap left by cuts to Wightlink sailings from Yarmouth to Lymington for commuters on early Monday mornings and late Friday evenings.

Starlight Ferries

Pete Lemonius, who runs Needles Pleasure Cruises, will be operating the service under the name of Starlight Ferries. A pilot service will be offered between May and October 2016 to help the company determine volume of crossings required by customers.


Starlight have used ‘Resource Based Crowdfunding’ to get the service started. Helped predominantly by local people, who have contributed in lots of £100, £500 or £1,000. The cost of their journeys during the pilot scheme will be deducted from their initial contribution. Pete says that more than £6,000 has been raised and he’s “confident that our costs will be covered for the summer”.

Morning Star and Evening Star

The Morning Star service will enable you to catch the early train to London from Lymington, whilst the the Evening Star enables you to enjoy an evening without worrying that you've missed the last Wightlink ferry home. Payment will be by CASH or CARD when you board. To guarantee your crossing you will be able to book online or by phone. Dogs and bicycles can be transported, for free. The former must be cuddled throughout the crossing and the latter will be on deck, lashed to the rail and will probably get wet.


Find out more about the Starlight Ferries by visiting their Website.

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