Study to be held over city hover link up

The Solent Flyer hovercraft. Picture Mike Harvey
The Solent Flyer hovercraft. Picture Mike Harvey
Breakdown workers preparing to haul out of the sea one of the cars involved in an accident on the Havant by-pass

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A NEW hover travel service between Portsmouth and Southampton is a step closer to becoming a reality.

Councillors have been in discussion with Hovertravel about a service that could also see a stop off at Daedalus.

A spokesperson for Hovertravel said: ‘There has been the formulation of a feasibility study group which will meet in October to discuss with the local councils how to fully explore the potential of this opportunity.

‘Hovertravel is not yet in a position to confirm any trial.’

Leader of Fareham Borough Council Sean Woodward and Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones have been involved in the talks.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘It came about with a meeting with the Solent LEP 18 months or so ago when Hovertravel was getting new hovercrafts in.

‘Donna Jones and I were talking about the most under-used piece of infrastructure between us, which is the Solent.

Cllr Woodward added: ‘Many people are travelling into the area to work at Solent Airfield and a water service would help ease traffic.’

Cllr Jones said: ‘In the UK 
we don’t use the water enough and as a waterfront city we should.

‘We have to make sure the journey time between Portsmouth and Southampton is as quick as possible.

‘We are working closely with Hovertravel as I want people moved off the roads.’