March 28, 2011
commercial hovercraft service may launch in Burnham-On-Sea
new commercial hovercraft service could soon launch in Burnham-On-Sea,
providing commuters and holidaymakers with trips to South Wales,
we can reveal.
Chris Marrow, the entrepreneur behind previous plans to launch
a ferry service in the Bristol Channel, has told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week how he is investigating the viability of starting a
new cross-channel hovercraft operation from Burnham, which could
create a number of new jobs in the town.
had initially planned to launch his Severnlink ferry service from
Ilfracombe last year, but when a principal financial backer withdrew
from that project, it prompted a review.
"Were now looking at running 95-seater hovercrafts
between Burnham, Weston and Penarth. Such crafts would be more
immune to the tides and be considerably cheaper to operate than
ferries," Chris, pictured above, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
"A commercial hovercraft did operate in Burnham many years
ago and I feel it would work well again now, catering for commuters
wanting to get to Wales and holidaymakers during the tourist season."
He says the trip to Penarth from Burnham beach take approximately
15-20 minutes, with a shuttle bus taking users into nearby Cardiff
on the Welsh side.
wouldnt want to raise anyones hopes too high because
these are early plans, but the costs do look favourable and I
think it is commercially viable."
Burnham town councillor Neville Jones, who is a strong supporter
of Mr Marrow's plans, said this week the development is "very
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This could potentially deliver
Burnham with a big financial boost, creating new jobs and bringing
more visitors and income to the town. It is very good news indeed."
Mr Marrow said he has already looked at several types of hovercraft
for the service, adding that they would be fully enclosed from
the weather and seat around 95 people.
More details are expected to be announced in the weeks to come.
Pictured, top, are entrepreneur Chris Marrow during a visit
to Burnham Town Council and, above, with Burnham councillor Neville