We understand the company that runs the Hayling Ferry has gone into administration. According to the company’s Twitter account, service is closed.
There’s still some hope the service will return if:
- Another company buys the company or some of its assets
- One of the councils takes it on
- An entirely new service is created in place of the old one
That would seem to require renegotiation of either the controversial pontoon fees, a subsidy from Portsmouth City Council (which withdrew its subsidy last year) or both. That leaves little scope for a return in the short term.
That’s sad news for Hayling Islanders. It’s particularly bad for cyclists and cycle-tourism because it disrupts National Cycle Network route 2 which relies on the Ferry. The obvious alternate route (across Farlington Marshes and down Eastern Road) by-passes Hayling Island altogether.
We’ll post an update if we learn more.