In light of the suspension of Wightlink’s Fastcat service and Red Funnel’s RedJet service being cut to the bone, commuting Islanders will be pleased to hear that Hovertravel plans to continue providing its high-speed service across the Solent during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Hovertravel service carries not only foot passengers, but is also used by the Royal Mail and brings all the pharmaceuticals to the Island.
All cross-Solent operators are working together to keep the Island connected and confirm that Wightlink’s foot passenger tickets will be accepted on Red Funnel and Hovertravel.
This includes rail tickets and season tickets.
Chapman: “Only travel with Hovertravel if your journey is absolutely necessary”
Neil Chapman of Hovertravel said,
“All the ferries are dedicated to keep key workers and vital supplies flowing to the Island. By co-operating we are, together, maintaining robust and resilient links which can sustain the Island through these challenging times.
“We appreciate and sympathise with the difficult decisions Wightlink is making, and we are offering our full support to a fellow ferry operator and our close neighbour in Ryde.”
Use of Hoverbus
Essential travellers, including key workers, who have pre-booked with Wightlink (including season card holders) will be able to use Hovertravel services, with no additional fare payable and will also be able to use the HoverBus for onward connections within Portsmouth.
In addition, if required due to adverse weather conditions, Hovertravel tickets will be accepted at Wightlink’s Portsmouth‐Fishbourne car ferry.
All ferry operators are united in their mission
“Ticket acceptance between operators is commonplace amongst rail companies and by deploying such measures here for cross Solent travel, we are demonstrating that all ferry operators are united in their mission to ensure the Isle of Wight remains connected.”
Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.