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scootcowesportsmouthlaunch5Scoot Ferries have today (Thursday) launched their new high-speed foot passenger ferry service between Cowes and Portsmouth.

The new route has been introduced some two years ahead of schedule and features two new 41-passenger high speed catamarans which will complete the crossing between Trinity Landing, Cowes and The Camber, Portsmouth in under 35 minutes.

Passengers on the new route will benefit from a complimentary 5-minute Scoot Shuttle bus service on the mainland side to whizz them direct to The Hard and Gunwharf Quays. The timetable has been specially designed to connect with the train times to London Waterloo and London Gatwick airport.

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Every passenger can enjoy their own full suspension seat and benefit from complimentary wifi, underfloor heating and air-conditioning. Both vessels have easy access for reduced mobility passengers. There is also ample space for bikes and dogs to travel for free.

Operating seven days a week, 365 days a year, the new service enforces Scoot’s dedication to becoming a lifeline service for Islanders. CEO Zoë Ombler is passionate about creating more opportunities for Isle of Wight residents through greater transport connections:

“We launched Scoot with the aim being to open up business and leisure opportunities for Island residents in particular. It is due to the continued support and backing of everyone on both sides of the Solent, together with the endless hard work from the whole of the Scoot Team, that this new service has been brought to fruition.

“I am grateful to all involved for allowing us to deliver a service that will really benefit the Island.”

Zoë Stroud, LSTF Visitor Project Manager at Visit Isle of Wight is excited about the sustainability element of the new route…

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“Due to the transport connections that Scoot Ferries has introduced on this new Cowes to Portsmouth route, it is now even easier to travel to and from the Island without a car. The company also encourages cycling, with bicycles carried free of charge on board their vessels, which is great news for our ‘Drive less, see more’ initiative. This is a very exciting time for sustainability on both sides of the Solent.”

Pre-booked tickets are priced at £12.25 for a single and £22.50 for a return trip. On-arrival return tickets are priced at £13.25 for a single and £24.50 for a return.

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