HC Deb 05 April 1971 vol 815 c14W
37. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the future of the hovertrain; how much is being invested from public funds in the system; and with what measure of success.

Sir J. Eden

Approval was given for investment of £3½ million by the National Research Development Corporation in Tracked Hovercraft Limited, which hopes to start testing experimental vehicles at intermediate speeds up to 150 m.p.h. this summer; the system is designed for eventual operation at 250 to 300 m.p.h.