Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Operator still sought for Ilfracombe land train

16:46 12 February 2014

There has as yet been no formal application from potential operators to run Ilfracombe

There has as yet been no formal application from potential operators to run Ilfracombe's new land train.

Archant

North Devon Council reports a ‘disappointing interest’ following the formal tendering process.

THE hunt is still on for someone to run the new Ilfracombe land train.

North Devon Council has said there was ‘a disappointing response’ to the formal tendering process, and it will now be reconsidering how it intends to recruit an operator.

The Dotto train was made in Italy and purchased following a £163,000 grant from the EU to support tourist development in Ilfracombe.

An appeal for applicants to run an around town service via the seafront and High Street, starting this Easter, has not attracted the interest hoped for.

The council said having already followed strict procurement guidelines to market the opportunity, it will now be contacting those who registered an initial interest but did not submit a tender, to find out why.

They will also be contacting other potential operators directly to generate further interest.

“As well as established companies, we’re keen to talk to entrepreneurs and individuals who want a new challenge,” said Executive Member for Development at Ilfracombe, Councillor Mike Edmunds.

“These are exciting times for Ilfracombe and we think the land train will be a profitable and successful addition to the town’s attractions, particularly during the summer months.”

It was proposed to offer a 12 month contract and the operator will have full use of the train and its container at Hillsborough and as well as income from ticket sales.

The council said there was also an opportunity to make further revenue from advertising boards and a sound system within the train.

It said the train has been successfully trialled on the proposed route. Stops are being designed and will be in place when the train starts running.

The council would like to have an operator in place before the Easter school holidays.

To find out more contact the council’s economic development team on 01271 388216 or email economicdevelopment@northdevon.gov.uk.

0 comments

Other News Stories

16:40
Scenes from Braunton Village Fair 2016

Crowds made it a packed day out at Braunton Village Fair on Monday, with something for all ages to enjoy.

Read more
13:13
The railings at Runnymede Gardens in Ilfracombe

Public outcry over ‘scaffold pole’ railings at picturesque seafront garden

Read more

Police said traffic is moving slowly in the Bish Mill area and the A361 Link Road is partially blocked.

Read more
The rescue at Screda Cove near Hartland on Saturday. Picture: Hartland Coastguard

Hartland Coastguard and the helicopter were called out to Screda Cove on Saturday as teenager ‘hung on by his fingernails’.

Read more
09:00
Natasha Cook and son Mason are pictured with (back, from left) Aysha George, Pain and Gain owner Georgie Green and Annaka Llyod. Picture: Andy Keeble

Natasha and friends will be going through the pain barrier to help buy new gym equipment for Pathfiels School

Read more
The children in Florida on their trip with the Children's Holiday Foundation.

A group of children from North Devon went on the trip of a lifetime to Floria with Childrens Holiday Foundation North Devon.

Read more
Bideford Bike Show 2016. Pictures by Graham Hobbs

Bideford Quay glistened on Saturday as thousands of people flocked to the third Bideford Bike Show.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:38
Combe Martin's Hunting of the Earl of Rone 2016

Popular folk tradition comes to an end after a weekend of parades and revelry

Read more
Yesterday, 13:50
Nick Pedlar (centre) with the Holy Trinity Church choir. Picture: David Beagley.

Nick Pedlar steps down from his longstanding role with Holy Trinity Church

Read more
Yesterday, 11:12
Cats Protection volunteers with the new van. Picture: submitted

Generous supporters help fund new van for re-homing charity

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

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
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

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

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications