Hovercraft plan for Blackpool

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Plans are being drawn up to run a hovercraft between Blackpool, north Wales and Liverpool.

RNLI volunteer Simon Clitheroe, who currently volunteers on an RNLI hovercraft at New Brighton, Wirral, says a hovercraft would be the fastest way of navigating the coast between north Wales and the North West.

And he says there is still a lot of nostalgia for an old service which ran between Rhyl and Wirral for a brief time in 1962.

He believes the journey between Rhyl and Blackpool would be under 50 minutes by hovercraft.

It comes as Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane says three organisations have expressed interest in operating a service from Rhyl the one that went across to Wirral in 1962.

The MP said it would be “fantastic” to see a hovercraft ferry service return to Rhyl after 50 years.

And during a Parliamentary debate about transport last week, Mr Ruane raised a question about whether a feasibility study should be conducted to see if a hovercraft service could be revived.

For more on this story, see tomorrow’s Blackpool Gazette.

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