The people behind the construction of a hovercraft link that would connect Liverpool to Blackpool and Wales said that the project would create many jobs and boost tourism in the region. The full details of the project were released today by Hoverlink, which is based on Wirral following a concern by Chris Ruane who is the Welsh MP, about the need for a hovercraft link in the North West.
One of RNLI’s volunteers who participated in the planning stages of the project said that this development has been under way for the last 18 months. The hovercraft is expected to ease transportation around Rhyl, Liverpool and Blackpool. Once the link has been created, business is likely to boom in this area while tourism will also be improved.
For instance, about 40-50 people will be employed in the project, 10 of them to be within Blackpool only. Mr. Clitheroe expects to be the captain of the hovercraft and is optimistic that the link will open up this region. However, the Blackpool council has not yet received the plans from hoverlink. There has been a previous plan to construct a hovercraft within the region by another company although the plan never materialized.
The quality of the hovercraft are some of the aspects that make Mr. Clitheroe confident about establishing the hovercraft. He added that the hovercrafts that are to be put in place are the modern types that can operate in extreme weather conditions. According to him, this is the perfect timing for the project and expects that government will chip in.
About £5m will be needed to get a hovercraft that can fit 130 passengers. The hovercraft’s that Hoverlink is using are environmentally friendly and are expected to start functioning in 2015. This could greatly open the activities within the region tremendously since transportation will be assured.