Page last updated at 20:31 GMT, Thursday, 12 June 2008 21:31 UK

Ferries not ready for new season

One of the new Wightlink ferries being built in Croatia
The ferries are now due to be ready in September

Two new ferries due to begin service between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will not be ready before the summer.

The Wightlink ferries are being built in Croatia and are due to replace existing ships.

The first had been due to arrive in the Solent this month but will now miss the summer season on the Lymington to Yarmouth route.

Wightlink said the delay was due to difficulties at the shipyard. They are now due to be in service in September.

The new ferries are part of a 57m investment by Wightlink to improve services to the Isle of Wight.

Passengers escape blaze on ferry
15 Apr 08 |  Hampshire
Ferry staff to strike over times
16 Feb 08 |  Hampshire

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific