Ferry will be out over Great South Run day

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THE Hayling Ferry could be out of action for up to three weeks after a breakdown.

The ferry, which runs between Eastney and Hayling, was damaged a fortnight ago when it hit the Hayling pontoon.

The Tina Maria was taken out of service but then blew a gasket in the engine as well.

The family-run firm has the much-larger Pride of Hayling boat, which is now ready to go back on the water but cannot until it has a licence granted by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).

That will not happen until the middle of next week, meaning the ferry will be out of action over the busy Great South Run weekend.

Tina Edwards, the managing director of the Hayling Ferry, said: ‘It’s frustrating as we’d hoped the MCA would be down in the next few days but they can’t make it.

‘We have kept our customers informed every step of the way and they have been very supportive.’

She said the company had been unable to secure another boat to borrow to tide them over.

Schoolchildren from Southsea’s independent schools, who make up the majority of passengers, are off on two weeks’ half term.