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Hovercraft Trials

Portobello - Kirkcaldy

Background

A 12-day trial service, Monday to Saturday, between Portobello, Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy, Fife is to begin on July 16, 2007.

A 28-metre BHT130 hovercraft, built in the Isle of Wight and capable of 35 knots, is to be used for the trial, providing an hourly service between Portobello (Edinburgh) and Kirkcaldy, about 11 miles to the north, across the Firth of Forth in Fife.  The journey time is 20 minutes each way.

If successful, Stagecoach hope to introduce a permanent service, probably beginning in 2008, possibly using two hovercrafts.

 

Hovercraft Trials - Day 1

July 16, 2007

Hovercraft approaching Portobello, during the first day of trials for the Portobello-Kirkcaldy service  -  July 16, 2007

Hovercraft departing from Portobello, during the first day of trials for the Portobello-Kirkcaldy service  -  July 16, 2007

Hovercraft departing from Portobello, during the first day of trials for the Portobello-Kirkcaldy service  -  July 16, 2007

Day 1

The first day of the trials was popular, despite some of the early trips being fairly empty and the weather somewhat stormy.

All the afternoon trips were fully booked.  An extra service from Kirkcaldy was added at the end of the day so that those still in the queue at Kirkcaldy when the 6pm service left could return to Portobello by hovercraft, rather than by bus.

Over 2,300 people travelled on the hovercraft on the first day of the trials.

 

Hovercraft Trials - Day 2

July 17, 2007

Hovercraft approaching Portobello, during the second day of trials for the Portobello-Kirkcaldy service  -  July 17, 2007

Hovercraft approaching Portobello, during the second day of trials for the Portobello-Kirkcaldy service  -  July 17, 2007

Hovercraft approaching Portobello, during the second day of trials for the Portobello-Kirkcaldy service  -  July 17, 2007

Hovercraft manoeuvers into postion at Portobello, during the second day of trials for the Portobello-Kirkcaldy service  -  July 17, 2007

Hovercraft manoeuvers into postion at Portobello, during the second day of trials for the Portobello-Kirkcaldy service  -  July 17, 2007

Another full load of passengers boards the hovercraft at Portobello, during the second day of trials for the Portobello-Kirkcaldy service  -  July 17, 2007

Cyclists  wait for the route along the promenade to be opened up again, during the second day of trials for the Portobello-Kirkcaldy service  -  July 17, 2007

Day 2

The second day of the trials was even more popular than day one.

Even though the hovercraft made an extra trip at lunchtime to enable more people to cross the Forth, all tickets for the day for journeys from Portobello to Kirkcaldy was sold out by 2pm.

Almost 3,000 people travelled on the hovercraft on the second day of the trials.

 

Hovercraft Trials - Week 1

Stagecoach announced results for week 1 of the 2-week trial:

-  16,116 passengers had travelled on the 148 crossings.

-   the average crossing time had been under 18 minutes.

-   the number of commuters had doubled after the introduction of a priority booking line.

Edinburgh Evening News:  July 24, 2007

 

Hovercraft Trials - Week 2

Stagecoach announced that:

-  They considered the 2-week to be a huge success.

- They hope to start a permanent hovercraft or ferry service between Kirkcaldy and Portobello within the next two years.

-  More than 35,000 passengers are expected to have used the service over the 2-week trial period.  (Metro, July 30, 2007 reported 'over 32,000'.)

-  Commuter numbers doubled in the second week.

Edinburgh Evening News: July 26, 2007, p9.

 

Portobello Regeneration Plan

Consultants, Cadell2, have made several proposals for the regeneration of Portobello, including:

-  Building a hovercraft terminal at the end of King's Road Portobello.  (Stagecoach say that it is too early to say whether or not such a terminal will be needed.)

-  Building 10-storey blocks of flats on the former Scottish Power site at Baileyfield.

-   Turning the Pitz five-a-side football pitches into housing.

All of these proposals have met with local opposition.

Edinburgh Evening News: July 25, 2007, p10.

 

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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

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