Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, explains: “With the Isle of Wight joining Portsmouth in Tier 4 and the subsequent restrictions imposed on travel for residents in both areas, Hovertravel is adapting its operation to run a service which supports the community in its time of need and keeps the business both resilient and sustainable for the future.
Passenger demand has fallen significantly with the extension of tier 4 to both sides of the Solent and we are reviewing our operation daily. The senior team at Hovertravel is prepared to implement further amends to our timetable at short notice and ask for understanding of our customers as we manage this fast-changing situation.”
Hovertravel is fully committed to continuing to be a critical community service between the Isle of Wight and the mainland. The fast ten-minute journey time and ability to add in extra services in half an hour provide the opportunity to transport people, patients and parcels as demand dictates. Hovertravel’s Island Rescue service is still supporting the medical professionals on the island with stretcher patients travelling since March and its fast freight service is serving the Royal Mail alongside pharmacies and other businesses on the Island