Hampshire County Council has today (10 February) committed emergency funding to keep the Hythe Ferry service open to passengers.

The County Council’s funding means that a replacement ferry can be chartered while ownership of the service changes and the main ferry undergoes a refit.

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “I’m pleased we’ve been able to step in and help ensure there is no break in this service, which is much valued by the local people who use it.

The Hythe Ferry is mainly a commercial business, but Hampshire County Council has provided a subsidy towards the cost of operating the ferry for a number of years as a viable public transport option for people travelling between Hythe and Southampton.