Calls for Forth hovercraft service following bridge closure

THE closure of the Forth Road Bridge after yesterday's incident sparked calls for a new hovercraft link between Edinburgh and Fife.

Thursday, 12th January 2017, 8:51 am
Updated Thursday, 12th January 2017, 8:52 am
A hovercraft sets off from Portobello to Kirkcaldy in 2007. Picture: Kenny Smith

Kirkcaldy resident Anas Hassan launched an online survey to seek opinions on the idea.

He said: “I am very sympathetic with the idea of a hovercraft crossing between Edinburgh and Fife. I think the benefits are overwhelming and it will provide an alternative means of transport between our capital city and the Kingdom.”

He said a hovercraft would be especially welcome at times when the main road crossing over the Forth was unavailable.

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“The closure of the Forth Road Bridge yesterday morning made me develop this survey. I am inviting anyone who travels over the Forth to complete it.

“What I am particularly looking out for is on where public opinion stands with regard to the idea of a permanent hovercraft between Edinburgh and Fife.”

In 2007, a total of 32,000 passengers used a hovercraft service between Kirkcaldy and Portobello, the route during a two-week trial.

Stagecoach was keen to carry the project forward and pledged to invest more than £10 million in two craft plus infrastructure.

But the plans for a permanent route were sunk when Edinburgh City Council refused planning permission for a terminal.