Plans are well into development for high speed hovercraft services linking Llandudno, Rhyl and Blackpool to the Wirral (possibly New Brighton), Liverpool City Centre Pier-head and directly into JLA. Journeys times for North Wales/Blackpool to Liverpool/JLA are expected to be approx. 30 mins. Liverpool City Centre to JLA will take 10 mins and cost about £8. Anticipated to start in 2015, 50 years after the closure of the worlds first passenger hover service from the Wirral to Rhyl.
Why have I posted this? I know there are a lot of North Wales residents who use EJ aand RA from Lpool and use hotels/long stay car parks to facilitate the journey from N wales to JLA = time/cost. A hovercraft service may be a cost effective and time saving alternative for those able to access Rhyl/Llandudno easily.
In terms of Blackpool, I guess a lot of travellers from that area use Manchester/Blackpool airports which are not serviced by RA/EJ. Surely a 30 minute hover link to Liverpool would give accessibility to cheap fares from JLA for those further afield in the North West.
Second reason I posted is because I think its a cool idea, unless you get sea sick.
A long way to go yet and it may change but it may just give the wider North West/North Wales area travellers an alternative option or two.