Transport minister to meet delegation over Rhyl hovercraft link

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Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

A HOVERCRAFT company which is looking to bring the service back to a seaside town will have the opportunity to put their plans to a UK Transport Minister following the intervention of Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane.

Speaking in a debate in the House of Commons on regional airports Mr Ruane highlighted the plans by Hoverlink which is looking to bring a hovercraft service back to Rhyl – which had the world’s first hovercraft passenger service over 50 years ago.

“The first hovercraft passenger service in the world was from Rhyl to Wirral more than 50 years ago, and currently three hovercraft companies want to restart that,” said Mr Ruane.

 “One of them—Hoverlink—wants to establish a link to Liverpool airport from North Wales.   

“Will the Minister meet a delegation of MPs involved in that, and Hoverlink, to establish what could be the first hovercraft link to an airport in the world?”

In response the minister Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill, said: “The Government value the domestic and international connectivity that the UK’s regional airports provide. They make a vital contribution to the growth and recovery of regional and local economies, benefiting businesses and passengers alike.

“I was expecting to be asked about surface connectivity, but travelling on the surface of the water is a novel idea.

“That is an exciting idea, and I would be delighted to meet those involved, and possibly even take a ride on one of those vehicles.”

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