National Express and Southern Vectis in travel deal

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Go Ahead-owned Southern Vectis has teamed up with Hovertravel and National Express to offer passengers all-in-one tickets to travel from the Isle of Wight to destinations across the UK.

Passengers will have the opportunity to buy tickets in towns across the island and journey to Ryde by bus – before departing for the mainland by hovercraft and then boarding a coach to a comprehensive choice of towns and cities across the country.

“We are delighted to join forces with Hovertravel and National Express to offer what is believed to be the first offering of its kind here in the UK,” said Southern Vectis General Manager, Matt Kitchin.

“This is the perfect way for holiday makers and commuters alike to organise and pay for their travel – wherever they are heading.

“It is an excellent example of operators working together to provide seamless journeys, saving time and providing important connections to the mainland – particularly for those travelling to the capital or to the country’s main airports.”

Neil Chapman, Managing Director of Hovertravel added: “Hovertravel recognises that integrated transport offers are essential for its customers and we appreciate that the hovercraft journey is often just one part of a larger trip.

“Packaging our service with other major brands such as Southern Vectis and National Express gives customers an opportunity to plan and pay for end-to-end travel.”