Talking Point — December 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm — Updated: December 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Return of the Rhyl hovercraft?



On Friday 20th July 1962, Rhyl became home to the world’s first public hovercraft service, carrying passengers to Moreton on the Wirral using the Vickers VA3.

It was hoped the service would run 12 times a day between the North Wales Coast and Merseyside – though it had a troubled short lifespan and it ended only nine weeks later after a serious engine failure.

But this week saw calls to revive the service, led by the Labour MP for the Vale of Clwyd, Chris Ruane. He argues the return of the hovercraft service would boost connections between the two areas and boost the wider economy. His argument was won support from Liverpool Riverside MP, Louise Ellaman – with Wales Office minister Stephen Crabb promising to write to Mr Ruane about his suggestions

Should the hovercrafts return to Rhyl – or is it merely a pipe dream? As usual, we’d like to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment here or on our Facebook page.

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