Last call for Ilfracombe land train tenders

15:21 13 January 2014

Operators are now being invited to bid for the contract to run the new Ilfracombe land train service.

Operators are now being invited to bid for the contract to run the new Ilfracombe land train service.

Archant

Operators asked to place their bids to run new land train service in Ilfracombe this summer.

Operators are now being invited to bid for the contract to run the new Ilfracombe land train service.Operators are now being invited to bid for the contract to run the new Ilfracombe land train service.

THE deadline for anyone wishing to run Ilfracombe’s new land train is now just over three weeks away.

North Devon Council is asking for interested parties to apply using the procurement website www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk by Friday, February 7.

The Dotto train arrived in Ilfracombe in November fresh from the factory in Italy. It has two carriages, seating for up to 40 adults and is equipped with rain covers, allowing it to operate in all conditions.

The council said applicants should ideally have experience of running similar operations and sufficient resources to be able to run a successful service.

The chosen operator will be awarded a 12 month contract, with the opportunity to renew for a further year.

“This is an exciting opportunity for a local business or individual to provide what we hope will be a profitable and successful tourist attraction in the town,” said executive member for development in Ilfracombe, Councillor Mike Edmunds.

“We want someone with a sound business plan, who is going to be passionate about making this venture work.”

Ilfracombe Mayor, Lynda Courtnadge, added: “It will be a welcome addition as a tourist attraction and will help to link the High Street, seafront and harbour areas, adding to the visitor experience and enhancing footfall in the High Street.”

North Devon Council will provide the train and storage. It said the operator will be expected to provide a reliable and consistent service for a reasonable part of the year, but for a minimum of July and August.

The operator will be responsible for maintenance, repair, operating and ticketing costs and insurance. As well as income from ticket sales, there is also an opportunity to make further revenue from advertising boards and a sound system within the train.

The train is the result of a successful £163,000 funding bid to the EU Leader 4 programme.

0 comments

Other News Stories

40 minutes ago
Chancellor George Osborne laid out his plan for the South West at Appledore Shipyard on Friday. Picture: Jasmine Little

George Osborne made the pledge during a speech at Appledore Shipyard this morning (Friday)

Read more
10:06
Caravans moved onto Barnstaple's Rock Park earlier  this evening (Wednesday).

Enforcement officers called off as encampment vacates Rock Park.

Read more
Unveiling the Conservative six point plan for the South West.

The Chancellor is paying a visit to Appledore Shipyard this morning (Friday) to announce, among other things, improvements to A361 Link Road.

Read more
Russell Cheesman, who was found dead in Bideford on Sunday, October 26.

Russell Cheesman, 32, was found dead near Bideford skate park having taken a number of drugs and drinking alcohol.

Read more
The submerged car in Appledore. Picture: Andy Willterton.

Coastguard and a local tractor driver attempted to rescue the vehicle yesterday (Thursday) which is still stuck in the sand.

Read more
The Hobby Horse

From agriculture shows and food fairs to railway shows and picnics - there is loads to do in North Devon this bank holiday weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:51
New North Devon Council deputy leader Pat Barker and leader Des Brailey.

Annual meeting sees the formation of a new Conservative led administration

Read more
Yesterday, 14:01
The inquest was held at Bideford Town Hall this morning (Thursday).

Julian Renouf, 37, died in April last year during a ‘tragic accident’ after fishing vessel overturned, trapping him underneath.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00
Westward Ho! Picture: Stephen Ring

Double header for Westward Ho! with a coveted Blue Flag plus Seaside Award, but others receive a share of the spoils too...

Read more
Yesterday, 12:18

Inspector overturns council’s decision ot refuse 59 homes at Mead Park

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder