Hovercraft Trials

Portobello - Kirkcaldy

July 17, 2007

Cyclists  wait for the route along the promenade to be opened up again, during the second day of trials for the Portobello-Kirkcaldy service  -  July 17, 2007

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                            Photographed July 17, 2007 at 5.10pm

 

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   Cyclists  wait for the route along the promenade to be opened up again, during the second day of trials for the Portobello-Kirkcaldy service  -  July 17, 2007

 

Hovercraft Trials

Background

This is a trial service for 12 days, Monday to Saturday, beginning July 16, 2007.

During the trial, this hovercraft is providing an hourly service between Portobello (Edinburgh) and Kirkcaldy, about 11 miles to the north, across the Firth of Forth in Fife.  The journey time is 20 minutes each way.

If successful, Stagecoach hope to introduce a permanent service, probably beginning in 2008, possibly using two hovercrafts.

The Photo

This photo was taken on the second day of the trial service, July 17, 2007.

The weather was fine as cyclists heading along the promenade to the east towards Portobello waited for the route along the promenade to be opened up again.  This section of the promenade was closed for about 15 to 20 minutes, once an hour, when the hovercraft arrived.

 

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