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Neil Chapman from Hovertravel releases a statement:

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To the Hovertravel community,

Due to COVID-19 we are all facing unprecedented challenges and all of us at Hovertravel are asking you to avoid non-essential travel. By working together we can help slow the spread of the disease and so I implore you to question whether you need to travel with us.

Hovertravel’s reputation has been built on customer-focussed values and it is those same values which mean we have to ask you to stay at home and only travel with Hovertravel if your journey is absolutely necessary.  Our Essential Lifeline Timetable is for key workers and vital supplies only.

Hovertravel is fully committed to being a critical connection between the Isle of Wight and the mainland. Our fast ten minute journey time and ability to add in extra services in half an hour give us the opportunity to provide assistance when it is needed most. Our 24/7 Critical On-demand service is already supporting the medical professionals on the island.

You may have seen that through the efforts of our local MP, Bob Seely, and the Isle of Wight Transport Infrastructure Board, we can co-operate and co-ordinate with the other Isle of Wight ferry operators. By focussing our joint resources strategically, we will, together, maintain a robust and reliable set of transport links required to keep the Island functioning.

We will not see many of you over the coming weeks but we are still here, helping to support your community. Our digital and social channels are very much open and, alongside our own online activities, we invite you to connect with us virtually – we would love to hear from you!

And finally please remember, for all our sakes, essential Hover only!

Stay home and stay well.

Neil Chapman

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