• Short Summary

    THE ENGLISH CHANNEL SEPARATING BRITAIN AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE WAS NARROWED FURTHER TODAY -- TO 35 MINUTES BY HOVERCRAFT TRAVEL.

  • Description

    THE ENGLISH CHANNEL SEPARATING BRITAIN AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE WAS NARROWED FURTHER TODAY -- TO 35 MINUTES BY HOVERCRAFT TRAVEL. BRITISH RAIL HOVERCRAFT LIMITED INAUGURATED ITS CROSS-CHANNEL DOVER TO BOULOGNE SERVICE WHEN THE GIANT "MOUNTBATTEN" CLASS SRN4 HOVERCRAFT MADE A PRESS AND TELEVISION PREVIEW VOYAGE.

    THE HOVERCRAFT, NAMED SEASPEED, IS THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD, AND IS CAPABLE OF CARRYING 254 PASSENGERS AND 30 CARS AT SPEEDS OF 90 MILES PER HOUR (150 KPH). THE CROSSING TIME OF 35 MINUTES CLIPS ALMOST AN HOUR OFF THE TIME TAKEN BY CONVENTIONAL SEA FERRIES.

    THE SEASPEED WILL GO INTO PUBLIC SERVICE TOMORROW. IT HAS ALREADY HAD EXTENSIVE PROVING TRIALS IN THE SOLENT AND THE CHANNEL.

    AT DOVER A NEW TERMINAL HAS BEEN BUILT ON SIX ACRES OF RECLAIMED LAND, AND SIMILAR PROVISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE IN BOULOGNE. OPERATORS OF THE SERVICE EXPECT TO SEE AN INCREASE IN DAY-TRIP TRAFFIC BETWEEN THE TWO PORTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1RLFQ7XGZ75S1EW48TIY6ESVL
    Media URN:
    VLVA1RLFQ7XGZ75S1EW48TIY6ESVL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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