UPDATED: Hovertravel have been forced to suspend their cross-Solent service this afternoon (Wednesday) not because of adverse weather, but because of yet another technical issue.
At 06:30 this morning the Ryde to Southsea service was suspended due to the high winds on the Solent with a fairly choppy swell reported. The operation began again at 14:15 once the wind had died down, but less than an hour later the service was brought to a halt due to a technical issue with Island Flyer.
This is the latest instance of the troubled craft breaking down and leaving customers walking up the Pier to catch Wightlink’s Fastcat – or diverting from Southsea to The Hard on the Portsmouth side.
Hovertravel say they will monitor the situation hourly and will update their service status accordingly.
Customers and the media are no longer receiving push notifications and emails about delays and suspensions, as reported by Island Echo last week. This has resulted in a 30-minute delay in bringing you the news of this suspension of service…
UPDATE @ 21:10 – Hovertravel’s service status has returned to ‘green’ for a good service. However, there are no further timetabled crossings for tonight.
Island Flyer hasn’t flown since 15:00 this afternoon.