Hovertravel on track for new craft

By a County Press reporter

Friday, January 24, 2014

 

Hovertravel on track for new craft

Hovertravel managing director Neil Chapman. Picture by Robin Crossley.

PLANS to invest £10 million in two new hovercraft at Hovertravel Ltd are progressing, the company told an Isle of Wight Council committee last night (Thursday).

Bosses from Hovertravel, Wightlink and Red Funnel attended a public meeting of the Isle of Wight Council's Cross-Solent Services Scrutiny Task Group.

Hovertravel managing director Neil Chapman told the meeting they were on course to introduce the first of the new craft in autumn 2015.

A second new craft is due to be in operation the following summer.

As reported last August, the craft have been developed with sister company Griffon Hoverworks and should carry around 90 passengers.

The company has said the new hovercraft would allow them to offer more frequent services during the summer.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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