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Decision on Forth hovercraft due

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Bus company Stagecoach was involved in the trial two years ago

Plans for a new passenger ferry service across the Forth have been drawn up and are to be considered by councillors in Edinburgh next week.

It follows a short trial with a hovercraft between the capital and Fife more than two years ago.

A report has said there is still a case for the service, but it would need to be supported with public money.

Officials have recommended Edinburgh and Fife Councils work together to approach ferry operators.

The report follows a three year study.

Edinburgh council said the consultants looked at various options and concluded that a half hourly service between Burntisland and Granton would be commercially viable.

Another option likely to be explored is the potential for a Kirkcaldy-Seafield hovercraft service, following a two week trial in summer 2007.

The discussions will focus on the type of service, route and the funding required.

Cllr Gordon Mackenzie, convener for transport said: "The consultant's study has presented us with a number of interesting, and quite different, options and it is only right that we should go out to the market to assess the viability of each.

"We may see the first passenger service operating across the Forth since 1992."



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