IELTS® Listening Practice 111

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(Section 1: You will hear a conversation between a tourist information staff member and a customer who is enquiring about information on transportation options. First, you will have some time to look at questions 1 to 10 [20 seconds]. Now, listen carefully and answer questions 1 to 10.)

M=Male Speaker

F=Female Speaker

M: Hello, this the Hayling Island Tourist Information Office. How can I help you?

F: Hi, good morning. I've booked a holiday cottage on the island next week and I'm just phoning to find out about transport options. Can you tell me the best way to get there?

M: Sure. Have you decided how you're travelling yet?

F: No, not yet. I might drive but I'm also thinking about public transport options. 

M: Hmm, OK. Let's see. I'll give you all the options and that will help you make a decision.

F: Thanks.

M: Right, well I'll start with road options. As you know, we are connected to the mainland by a road bridge meaning that you can drive straight onto the island.

F: Great. How do I get there? I'm coming from London.

M: Well, if you're coming from London, the Hindhead Tunnel is the best bet. You want to take the A27 South Coast road - so follow either the A3 or the M3 south until it joins the A27 South Coast Road. Leave the A27 at the Hayling Island exit.

F: Right. That sounds easy.

M: Just remember that the roads get busy during peak times, especially in the summer, so be sure to leave adequate time when travelling in either direction.

F: Right.

M: Oh. And also, remember that all roads on Hayling Island operate either a 30mph or 40mph speed limit.

F: OK. That sounds easy enough, but is there a bus or train?

M: Sure. Our closest railway station is Havant and regular services run from London Victoria, London Waterloo, Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton to Havant station. From Havant station you can either take a taxi or hop on a bus from the nearby bus station.

F: Right. And what about the bus?

M: Let's see. For the bus you will need to wait at Stand B at Havant Bus Station. There are frequent buses Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Outside of these times, connections aren't so frequent.

F: That's fine. I'll be aiming to arrive during the day. Which bus do I need?

M: The 30 service visits the west part of the island and is best for those looking to visit Beachlands, Funfair and the Wednesday car boot sale. It runs every 20 and 50 minutes past the hour, Mondays to Saturdays.

F: My cottage is actually on the east side of the island. I think it's near the caravan park. Which bus goes there?

M: The 31 service goes there. It will stop at Sandy Point and the caravan parks on the east of Hayling Island

F: Great. That sounds like a good option. Can I just check the ferry as well?

M: Ah, well. Unfortunately, the ferry service is currently not running. We hope that it will return at some point in the future.

F: Right. That's a shame. 

M: Yes. We do have an international ferry port at Portsmouth, which is 8 miles from Hayling Island. But you're coming from London so that doesn't help you! Oh. There's also the option of flying. Our closest international airport is Southampton, which is 23 miles by road or a short train journey to Havant Station.

F: OK. Well, I'll have a think about all the options. Thanks very much for all the information.

M: You're welcome. Hope you have a safe journey!

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