08 September 2017

Southsea to Ryde hovercraft taken out of service.

Two hovercraft costing £10m have been withdrawn from service until further notice after suffering numerous faults.

The Island Flyer and Solent Flyer hovercraft began running between Southsea and Ryde last summer.

They have had ongoing technical issues since their launch with Island Flyer recently suffering an engine breakdown.

Hovertravel said its Island Express craft and Freedom 90 craft which are nearly 30 years old had been brought back into service to operate the route.

Looks like the Summer of 2017 hasn't been a good one for travel over water to & on the IOW: following the Cowes "floating bridge" debacle.

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