Hovertravel have suspended their Ryde to Southsea service this morning (Tuesday) due to technical issues with both of their hovercraft.
The cross-Solent operator announced yesterday afternoon that they were down to just 1 craft due to a technical issue with Island Flyer, resulting in 2 evening commuter crossings being cancelled.
Now, with the whole operation reliant on the sole remaining hovercraft, it has been confirmed that the service has been suspended in its entirety due to a technical issue with Solent Flyer.
The Flyers are expected to be out of action all morning with the next update due from Hovertravel at midday.
Passengers should divert to nearby Wightlink to catch the FastCat to Portsmouth Harbour.
It was only yesterday that Island Echo published Hovertravel’s response to MP Bob Seely over preparations for the winter months.
In that response, Neil Chapman, Managing Director of Hovertravel, said:
”We fully appreciate that disruptions to the advertised timetable during any time of the year cause considerable inconvenience and frustration to the people travelling to and from the Isle Of Wight. The Hovertravel team have been working tirelessly since last winter to see our reliability reach an average of 99% and we are aiming for 100% through this year”.
UPDATE @ 22:10 – Hovertravel have failed to run a service for most of the day, but have confirmed that the 22:30 extra late crossing from Southsea for the Portsmouth FC match will operate as planned.
It is unknown if a normal service will be in operation tomorrow (Wednesday) and whether this will be reliant on just 1 craft.
Hovertravel have not commented on what technical issues have been affecting Solent Flyer and Island Flyer.
UPDATE WEDNESDAY – Hovertravel are operating to timetable this morning, however the 08:00 from Ryde and the 08:15 from Southsea have been cancelled.
The service is operating with just 1 available Hovercraft today.