The hovercraft left Ryde earlier this morning (Monday) and is now ashore at Woolston in Southampton, where manufacturer Griffon Hoverwork will be carrying out modification work over the coming days and weeks.
It is unclear when exactly Island Flyer will return to the Ryde to Southsea route but Hovertravel say it will be a shorter time than it took to modify Solent Flyer. The sister craft went in for urgent work on 20th September and didn’t return for 11 weeks. It has been noted that vents have been installed on the outside of the craft.
The current hover timetable remains unchanged, but a new Hoverbus timetable is about to come into force…
From Monday 4th February the new timetable, which was recently approved by Portsmouth City Council and Stagecoach, will come into action. From this date the Hoverbus is timetabled to depart 1 minute after the scheduled arrival of the hovercraft at 26 and 56 minutes past the hour, avoiding the waiting time.
Due to the earlier schedule, the bus is due to arrive back in Southsea at 20 and 50 minutes past the hour. This will ensure greater connectivity by delivering HoverBus passengers to the check-in before the advised 5-minute arrival prior to craft departure.
The new HoverBus timetable is available here now on our website and we will be updating our app and the timetables at the bus stops this week