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Proposal for a new ferry between

Edinburgh & Fife

Proposal - 2003

Brian Souter, Chief Executive of the bus operator, Stagecoach, has announced that he Stagecoach is considering operating a fast commuter ferry between Edinburgh and Fife, linking Leith with either Burntisland or Kirkcaldy.  [16 August 2003]

Update  -  2005

The Stagecoach bus operator, Brian Souter, has confirmed his wish to establish a fast ferry link between Edinburgh and Fife.  He claims to have government support for his proposals and believes that the ferry could be operating within two to three years.

Possible crossing points would be:

-   Burntisland to Leith (10 minutes)

-   Kirkcaldy to Leith (17 minutes)

A twin-hulled passenger ferry able to take 350 passengers and buses might cost 10m.  [3 May 2005]

 

Edinburgh Evening News  16 August 2003, p.7

Edinburgh Evening News  3 May 2005, p.9

 

Earlier Ferries on the Forth

Granton to Burntisland

Ferries, including "The Leviathan" and "William Muir" have operated between Granton (3 miles to the north of the centre of Edinburgh) and Burntisland (Fife)  between 1838 and 1955.

A catamaran service ran between Granton and Burntisland for a couple of years from 1991, but passenger levels were low.

North Queensferry to South Queensferry

There have been ferries across the Forth between South Queensferry and North Queensferry since the 12th century. 

The last vehicle ferry across the Firth of Forth at Queensferry ended in 1964 when the Forth Road Bridge opened.

Rosyth to Zeebrugge

A daily 'Superfast' passenger and vehicle ferry has been operating between Rosyth and Zeebrugge in Belgium since 2002.  This has been well supported.

 

Leith to Kirkcaldy Ferry

Funding for a Ferry Service

The Forth Estuaries Transport Authority (FETA) which controls the Forth Road Bridge had earmarked 19.3m from its anticipated income from tolls towards a project to create a high speed ferry across the Firth of Forth from Kirkcaldy in Fife to Leith.

It was anticipated that this service might commence in 2007, using twin-hulled ferries each able to carry 350 passengers and complete the journey in 17 minutes.

The funds earmarked for it by FETA were dependant on increased toll income from vehicles crossing the Forth Road Bridge. However, it has now  been decided that tolls will not increase, so funds for the ferry will no longer be available from FETA.

Despite lack of funding from FETA, a ferry may still be a possibility.  See below.

Fife Council recently put out to tender a contract for marine consultants to advise on the proposed crossing.  They were unhappy with the bids, but will make further attempts to find consultants.

 

Proposed Hovercraft

Portobello to Kirkcaldy

Trial Service - October 2006

The Edinburgh Evening News announced, on September 12, 2006, that the bus group, Stagecoach, planned to run a 3-week  trial, during October 2006, of a  hovercraft service between Portobello and Kirkcaldy.  If successful, the service could become permanent within 18 months.

It is expected that the journey would take about 20 minutes - about an hour quicker than some bus journeys between Portobello and Kirkcaldy now.  The current bus route is via the Forth Road Bridge, about 10 miles to the west of Edinburgh.  (Both Portobello and Kirkcaldy are east of Edinburgh.)

It is proposed to borrow a 105 ft long Hovercraft from the Isle of Wight for the trial.  It will be able to carry 150 passengers.

The destination at Portobello is the beach at the northern end of King's Road, close to the old Portobello Power Station, with a temporary walkway being built for passengers behind the Lothian Buses bus depot at Seafield Road East.

Stagecoach said that Portobello has been chosen as the destination on the south side of the Firth of Forth because no suitable landing site could be found at Leith

Stagecoach are expected to offer tickets on the hovercraft to passengers travelling between Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh by bus, then seek their views on speed, noise, convenience and comfort of the service.

Edinburgh Evening News:  September 12, 2006,  pp. 1, 5

Postponed until Summer 2007

One day after announcing the trial service, Stagecoach, have had to announce its postponement.  It will nor be possible to implement the trial until an assessment of the environmental impact of the service has been carried out.  This will include a 14-week consultation period.

Edinburgh Evening News:  September 13, 2006,  p.6

Update:  February 2007

Trial runs of a 4.5m, 120-seat hovercraft, to be operated by Stagecoach between Kirkcaldy and Portobello, are due be carried out for 3 weeks during  May 2007. 

A free shuttle bus is to carry passengers between the hovercraft at Portobello and the centre of Edinburgh.

Scottish National Heritage has now withdrawn its objections.  The impact of the service on birds and other wildlife in the Forth will be assessed during the trial.

Edinburgh Evening News:  February 28, 2007,  p.7

 

Update:  May 2007

I have been told by Stagecoach that the ferry trials are now scheduled to take place when the Forth Rail Bridge is closed for repair in summer 2007.

The Forth Rail Bridge will be closed from July 23 until July 29, 2007, to enable work to be carried out on at Inverkeithing Junction and on the tunnel at North Queensferry        Edinburgh Evening News:  May 15, 2007,  pp.1-2

 

 

 

  

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks