Plans for a hovercraft cross-Forth service have been given a lift after European funding was secured.
Stagecoach hopes to have a passenger service between Kirkcaldy and Portobello running within the next few years. This follows a trial in the summer of 2007 which saw more than 32,000 passengers make the crossing in the space of a fortnight.
The project is one of three to benefit from a total of £902,000 awarded over three years, aimed at stimulating inter-regional co-operation.
I missed my trip because the craft was full the afternoon I rolled up to have a hurl over one of the most picturesque rivers in Scotland. When I spoke to one of the staff, I was told many of the users were tourists or local people who, like myself, didn't want to miss out on the experience.
Stagecoach continue to progress the planning applications with Fife Council and the City of Edinburgh Council and decisions are expected later this year.
It now looks as if I will get wish to whizz across to Portobello, have an ice cream, then return to the shores of Fife. I wonder if Gordon Brown will have a go. He just lives a few miles down the road from where the new terminal will be situated.