Bad weather causes ferry and hovercraft services to be cancelled

DIFFICULT Motorists battle through the wild weather at Stokes Bay in Gosport. Picture: Steve Reid
DIFFICULT Motorists battle through the wild weather at Stokes Bay in Gosport. Picture: Steve Reid
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HEAVY rain and high wind speeds are expected throughout the day in Hampshire.

It is estimated that a month’s worth of rain will fall in the region in the next two days.

Travel services across the county have been badly effected.

Hovercraft services between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight have been suspended because of bad weather conditions.

A statement on Hovertravel’s website said: ‘Service is currently suspended due to adverse weather conditions.’

It is not known when normal service will resume.

Passengers with a pre-paid travel ticket will be compensated if they are unable to travel on their chosen service.

The hovercraft services normally run from Southsea seafront to Ryde, in the Isle of Wight, seven days a week.

Meanwhile Brittany Ferries has cancelled its high speed ferries to France today as a result of the weather conditions.

The 9am crossing from Portsmouth to Cherbourg has been cancelled as well as the return journey at 5pm this evening.

Ferry services from Portsmouth to Santander have also been cancelled.

A statement on the Brittany Ferries website said: ‘We apologise for the inconvenience that these cancellations will cause.’

A weather report on The Met Office’s website says wind speeds will reach 33mph. Temperatures currently dip below 48.2F (9C). This will rise to 53.6F (12C) by the afternoon.

On the roads Hampshire police have repeated warnings about weather conditions.

Dave Hobbs, a supervisor in Hampshire Constabulary’s control room, said police were supporting The Met Office’s message that drivers need to take extra care today.

Mr Hobbs said: ‘Drivers are advised to slow down and take more time getting to work.

‘We are very much supporting this message which has already been issued by The Met Office.’