Red Funnel Isle of Wight car ferry to undergo £3m revamp

Red Funnel Isle of Wight car ferry to undergo £3m revamp

An Isle of Wight car ferry is to undergo a £3 million revamp in the new year.

Operator Red Funnel said refit to the Red Eagle vessel will include an increased number of seats, a premium lounge as well as a “dedicated pet lounge”.

The work is due to start in January 2018 with the vessel expected back in service by April.

The company recently announced a new high-speed passenger ferry, Red Jet 7, would be built on the Isle of Wight.

Red Eagle was built in Glasgow in 1996 and is one of three roll-on-roll-off ferries on the Southampton to east Cowes route.

The refit is the latest investment by the consortium of UK and Canadian pension funds which acquired Red Funnel earlier tis year.

Red Funnel chief executive Kevin George said the ship would get a “contemporary new look and a class-leading travel experience”.

“Once again we are particularly pleased to award the work to local suppliers, supporting jobs in both Southampton and in East Cowes on the island,” he told the BBC.

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