New operators sought to run Hayling ferry

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NEW operators are being sought to run the Hayling Island ferry service.

Portsmouth City Council and Havant Borough Council have issued a joint call of action to companies in a bid to re-launch the service by early 2016.

Councillor Matthew Winnington said: ‘We absolutely believe the ferry can be a profitable enterprise.’

Operators would need to provide a regular service and a vessel or vessels must be certificated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for use as a ferry.

The current Langstone Harbour Board operator’s licence fee is £19,000 a year. Those keen to run the ferry should contact Langstone Harbour Master by January 31.