Rhyl hoverlink trial set for summer

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Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

A TRIAL run of a hovercraft service linking Rhyl and Merseyside may take place this summer.

It is hoped that the tryout can be timed to coincide with the golf open championship at Hoylake in July ahead of the new permanent service running between North Wales, Liverpool, Blackpool and John Lennon Airport, proposed for 2015.

Simon Clitheroe, director of Hoverlink, expressed that the company were now in the investment stage for the full service.

Mr Clitheroe said: “Progress has been good so far. As for the reality of the trial run, set to run over a two week period this year from Rhyl direct to the open championship, I believe this is looking very good.

“We have the craft available and are in negotiations on costs for running the service, we have a small window to get the finance signed off then good to go.”

Chris Ruane, MP for the Vale of Clwyd, expressed an interest in reviving the passenger service after making a speech in the House of Commons last year.

He commented: “I am hugely looking forward to getting this off the ground and on to the sea.

“There has been a great buzz around the return of the hovercraft to Rhyl since I first raised it in Parliament. Companies have shown an interest and the public are excited about the potential of such a scheme.”

Mr Clitheroe revealed that Hoverlink had conducted a survey to find out what amenities were important to future customers; the results showed that there was demand for day trips and visits to Liverpool City Centre.

He added: “The results will allow us to gauge where best to concentrate the initial phases of the project.

“We are very pleased with the support from all corners for the project and believe we have moved from a maybe to a when project.”

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