New ferry pontoon held up by weather

GETTING READY An artists impression of the new Gosport Ferry Pontoon
GETTING READY An artists impression of the new Gosport Ferry Pontoon
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THE arrival of the new pontoon for the Gosport ferry has been delayed because of the bad weather.

It had been expected to arrive on Friday night after being towed by tug from Holland, but it has had to wait at Margate and will remain there over the weekend.

It is hoped that the installation will now take place next weekend.

Gosport Borough Council leader, Cllr Mark Hook said: ‘Although the tug has brought the pontoon across from Holland, it is currently moored in Margate due to the bad weather conditions.

‘Heavy seas and strong winds meant they had to take cover. As you can imagine towing something this large in strong winds is extremely dangerous and safety must be paramount.

‘This of course means we can’t start work on dismantling and removing the old pontoon until such times as we have the new replacement. We believe it is likely that work, weather and tides permitting, will be deferred until next weekend so as not to inconvenience ferry users on a weekday.’

Normal ferry service will continue over the weekend. Ticket price rises of up to 25 per cent due to start on Monday will now be held over until June 27. Gosport Ferry company said the rises are to cover the £5m cost of the new pontoon and fuel cost increases.