Crowdfunded Isle of Wight ferry service ends trial
A trial cross-Solent ferry service, set up as a crowdfunded community venture, has ended early due to low passenger numbers.
Starlight Ferries began sailings between Yarmouth and Lymington in May using a former lifeboat.
It had hoped to run a pilot service until October but has announced the last crossing will be on Friday.
A statement said passenger numbers "proved to be too few for a viable service".
It said "some funds" would be returned to people who had contributed to the crowdfunding appeal.
Ahead of the launch of the service, Starlight Ferries, set up by a group of island residents, said it had received more than £6,000 in donations to test demand for a pilot service.
It said the former lifeboat, Mersey Rose, it was using had "limited facilities" and would appeal to passengers with a "sense of adventure".
In December a service on the same route run by Scoot Ferries collapsed after four months.
Ferry services to and from the island are also currently run by Hovertravel, Red Funnel and Wightlink.