Live Webcam with Hovercraft at Ryde
- Local time
- Location: Ryde, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
- Source: Railcam
Info: Live streaming webcam showing hovercraft at Ryde on the
Isle of Wight. The hovercraft takes just 10 minutes to cross the Solent between Ryde and Portsmouth.
This live webcam is courtesy of Railcam
Early on, Hovertravel faced direct competition from another hovercraft operator, the British Rail-owned Seaspeed with its rival Cowes-Southampton route. Eventually, Hovertravel took over running of the route on behalf of Seaspeed; however, in 1980, the decision was taken to discontinue the Cowes-Southampton service due to rising costs and increased competition from Red Funnel's hydrofoils, instead concentrating its resources on the Ryde-Southsea service, which was viewed as being more viable.