Hayling ferry’s return delayed by inspection

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IT could be another 10 days before the Hayling ferry service is back in action.

There has been no service between Eastney and Hayling for three weeks since the Tina Maria broke down.

The much-larger 65-seater Pride of Hayling has been out of action for more than 10 months.

Work has now been completed on the boat but it is down to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency to agree that she can go back on the water.

According to Tina Edwards, director of the Hayling Ferry Company, the out-of-water inspection was carried out on Thursday and the MCA is happy.

But the next available slot for an in-water inspection, which must be carried out before the ferry can go back into service, is not until next Friday.

Miss Edwards said: ‘That means it should be running by November 10.’

The Tina Maria was taken out of service on October 7 after it was damaged when it hit the Hayling pontoon.

It then blew a gasket in the engine.

Schoolchildren from Southsea’s independent schools, who make up the majority of passengers, are back from half-term on Monday.