Originally Posted by codprawn
Great idea I love hovercraft BUT - I bet they will only be viable with public funding. And as there is already a bridge there what's the point?
Maybe I should get a few million in grants to reopen the Severn Ferry???
there isn't a bridge from Kirkaldy to Portobello. Thats a road trip (with poor public transport options) which must be about 30 miles, including crossing a congested city centre, and its probably an hour long trip. I assume that the hovercraft is more like 20-30 minutes?
The viability without public funding, may depend on the level of tolls on the new bridge (after 2016)... people regularly making the journey would be commuting to Edinburgh. Parking is a major issue in Edinburgh. Depending on your car it would cost £5-10 a day in petrol; would be another £5-10 depending where you park and I have heard suggestions that the new bridge will have a £5 toll...
...however since the new bridge will have no additional vehicle capacity (beyond the level actually experienced in 2006) it will be 10 years out of date when it is finished and in need of any way they can find to reduce traffic!