The link includes the 100-year old narrow gauge railway that is also one of the ten longest piers in the UK at 700 yards. The Ferry trip offers some of the best views of the cruise liners in port as it sails right past the likes of the Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth when at home.
It's also a convenient link to the Isle of Wight as it arrives in less than an hour. The service suffered during pandemic, prompting a crowdfunding page with operators Operator Blue Funnel Ferries finally announcing that due to financial losses and withdrawal of council funding, the service was "no longer financially viable".
It was determined that the service would have to cease on December 31 with the final departure at 5.30pm. As passengers boarded what they thought would be their last journey however, Blue Funnel announced on Thursday December 29 there was a possibility the iconic link could be saved - within its last 48 hours.
A spokesperson for Blue Funnel Ferries said: "With the recent announcement of Hythe Ferry ceasing operation, there has been several parties interested in taking on or purchasing the business and continuing the Ferry Service. At this moment in time, the ferry will continue to operate under Blue Funnel while discussions continue with a potential new owner/operator. "
|A hand-propelled Narrow Gauge railway was built on the pier in 1909,|
and was electrified in 1922. It has been operating ever since.
"We strongly urge you to support the ferry during this period, and show your love of the vital link, while we hopefully complete the transition to a new operator. Confidential discussions mean no names will be released at this period in time."