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HoverCare & Concessionary Travel Scheme

       Helping to provide easy and safe travel for 

passengers with reduced mobility

 

Crossing the Solent with Hovertravel is not only fast and fun but an enjoyable experience for all our passengers. Our experienced staff are there to ensure your journey is comfortable and safe.  Hovercare is a free service for those passengers requiring extra help. 

We politely ask passengers with reduced mobility and those requiring a little extra help to contact us on info@hovertravel.com or 01983 717707 at least 48 hours in advance of your travel, to ensure we can provide the best possible assistance and care for your journey. 

Please download our Hovercare guide for full information about our terminals and on board facilities as well as helpful information on our Travel partners and mobility concessions.  Hovercare Accessibility Guide

 

HoverCare

Hovercare is a service for any passengers requiring assistance with their travel whether they have reduced mobility requirements or just need a little extra help with their journey.

Our aspiration is to offer the very best service to all our passengers, with HoverCare we're here to help and assist those who may need a little extra help.  We are committed to ensure access and travel on our Hovercraft, our terminals and all elements of your journey from start to finish is as comfortable and safe as possible.

We work closely with our industry partners, including and not limited to the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) to ensure that we meet our obligations, but at Hovertravel our staff aspire to exceed these and ensure all can travel with ease.  In addition we work with local and national advisor groups & charities to ensure we keep abreast of the wishes and obligations of our customers and we always welcome your feedback to allow us to further improve our services.

Please download our HoverCare Accessibility Guide to find out how we can help make your journey as comfortable and easy as possible.  The guide provides information on our commitment to you, about our terminal and on-board facilities and information on our travel partners and mobility concessions. 

To make sure we offer the best possible assistance for all our customers who require additional help, we recommend that you contact us 48 hours before you travel to book your HoverCare service and that you arrive at our terminal at least 15 minutes before you intended departure time and make yourself known to our staff.  

A snapshot of our Accessibility Guide:

Terminals

  • Ramps into terminal and onto pad
  • Disabled toilet & baby changing facilities
  • Digital screens
  • Staff communication of information
  • Wide corridors and dedicated Hovercare seating

Hovercraft

  • Wheelchair ramp/Lift
  • Dedicated seating area
  • Digital screens with signing, subtitles & audio safety message
  • Wide aisles
  • On embarking & disembarking crew members are on hand to guide passengers safely

Travel Partners

  • Hoverbus
  • Free Minibus to QA Hospital
  • Easy access to National Express
  • Parking

Concessions

We politely ask passengers with reduced mobility and those requiring a little extra help to contact us on info@hovertravel.com or 01983 717707 at least 48 hours in advance of your travel, to ensure we can provide the best possible assistance and care for your journey. 

Please download our Hovercare guide for full information about our terminals and on board facilities as well as helpful information on our Travel partners and mobility concessions.  Hovercare Accessibility Guide

Wheelchairs

We can accommodate one wheelchair on each hovercraft crossing. Motorised wheelchairs must have a sealed battery. Hovertravel can carry motorised scooters however they cannot be any bigger than - 72cm x 122 cm 

Hovertravel regretably cannot carry people movers however Hovertravel are able to provide free of charge a wheelchair for use of travel between our ports. Please advise staff on arrival if you wish to travel in a wheelchair.

Please ensure you arrive at the Terminal at least 15 minutes before departure of the craft. 

Hovertravel cannot accepted any wheelchairs wider than - 720mm

Accessible Parking

Southsea

There is a large council run car park just across the road from our Southsea terminal. There are approximately 8 designated disabled spaces in the car park, however Blue Badge holders may park anywhere in the car park providing they display their valid Blue Badge.

Ryde

There is a large council run car park just behind our Ryde terminal (next to the Ice Rink & Bolwing Alley). There are approximately 8 designated disabled spaces in the car park, however Blue Badge holders may park anywhere in the car park providing they display their valid Blue Badge.

 

We realise not all impairments are visible. We rely on our craft’s public address system to communicate important safety information. We also provide Safety and Emergency card on all seats and disabled seating area. Additionally, our crew are always on hand to offer assistance during your journey.

We provide a short 10 minute crossing between Southsea, Portsmouth and Ryde, Isle of Wight and our crossings are every 30 minutes. See our timetable for further information.

HoverCare Card 

We've introduced a new HoverCare customer card so customers can receive any extra assistance they may need without even having to ask.

Our customers will be able to request a HoverCare card which will indicate whether they require help with luggage, are a lip reader, whether they need to be seated, or would like help boarding the hovercraft. The HoverCare card can also, if the customer wishes, show that the holder has reduced mobility, autism, dementia, reduced vision or impaired hearing.

How To Apply

Pop into our Ryde our Southsea terminal with your NHS number

 

We politely ask passengers with reduced mobility and those requiring a little extra help to contact us on info@hovertravel.com or 01983 717707 at least 48 hours in advance of your travel, to ensure we can provide the best possible assistance and care for your journey. 

Please download our Hovercare guide for full information about our terminals and on board facilities as well as helpful information on our Travel partners and mobility concessions.  Hovercare Accessibility Guide

 

Concessionary Fares 

 Concession Adult
(16yrs+)
Concession Child
(5-15 yrs)
Single £13.30 £6.80
Period Return
(valid for 90 days)
£24.00 £12.10
Day Return £16.20 £8.60
  • Concessionary Fares are available for students with a valid NUS card, seniors aged 60 years+ & persons with reduced mobility with valid proof. Valid proof for reduced persons can be found by clicking here .
  • Not applicable for Blue Card holders

NHS Appointment Travel Scheme

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NHS Fare Type

Price (Adult & Child)

Return fare from Ryde to Southsea (valid for 90 days & includes FREE Hoverbus) £10.30
Through ticket to St Mary's Hospital with Stagecoach £12.65
Through ticket to Queen Alexandra Hospital with Stagecoach £13.90

Terms and Conditions

  • This fare is eligible for in, out & radiotherapy patients on production of appointment letter or card for hospital only
  • The fare is available for the patient + 1 (carer, friend, family, etc) therefore £13.90 per person.
  • Ticket is only to be sold for the date of appointment only
  • The tickets include free travel on the Hoverbus - simply show your ticket to the Hoverbus driver to receive free travel
  • The scheme cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion and is not available to account customers
  • Tickets cannot be purchased online
  • Hovertravel & Local PCT and NHS trusts will audit applications to guard against fraudulent use
  • Customers found misusing discounted tickets will incur a surcharge to the equivalent standard return fare and will be excluded from purchasing tickets under the scheme in future.
  • Hovertravel reserves the right to review fares periodically and amend or withdraw this scheme at any time without prior notice.
  • Travel is subject to availability and standard terms and conditions apply

 

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NHS Professional Fare

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Free Minibus to QA Hospital

wessex cancer trust

Island patients travelling across to Portsmouth for cancer treatment can now benefit from a dedicated bus service which runs between the Hovertravel terminal at Southsea and Portsmouth Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

The 15 seat mini bus service is free and available for all cancer patients to use and replaces the existing taxi service that runs between the Hovercraft and the hospital. It operates weekdays from Monday to Friday and picks up from the Hovertravel Terminal, Southsea and drops off at the Queen Alexandra (QA) Hospital, Cosham. A collection/drop off from the Marriott Hotel can also be arranged.

The Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has funded the purchase of the minibus and the on-going running costs will be provided by Wessex Cancer Trust. 

Minibus Timetable

Southsea Pick Up Times QA Hospital Pick Up Times
10:30 11:00
11:30 12.00
Lunch Break 13.00
13:30 14.00

 

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