Cowes Harbour Commission has just granted a stakeholder subsidy contribution towards the operation of a 7-days-a-week water taxi service to operate daily from Thursday, 29th March to 30th September 2018.
In late 2017, CHC sought applications for a stakeholder dividend towards the provision of a seasonal water taxi service for Cowes Harbour. The short-listed applicants meeting the tender criteria were interviewed by a selection panel consisting of an independent local business person, a marine industry stakeholder and a CHC Commissioner. The Harbour Advisory Committee were kept abreast of the process throughout. The panel submitted its recommendation to the Board of Commissioners; this was accepted and the stakeholder dividend was granted to Cowes Water Taxis Ltd who ran the service in 2017.
The Cowes Water Taxis service will start on 29th March 2018 with a new charging system in place that is based on a zone method, similar to that used on the London Underground. The new charges have been simplified, and aim to be more transparent, with some fares working out cheaper than 2017 prices. For example, Town Quay to the Gridiron is now only £2 for a single and was £3; and East Cowes Marina to J pontoon is now £3 for a single, this was £5 in 2017.
Please see the CHC Water Taxis web page
for full information on 2018 fares.