All aboard for Ilfracombe land train opportunity

A Dotto train similar to this one is being delievered to Ilfracombe next month - and North Devon Cou

A Dotto train similar to this one is being delievered to Ilfracombe next month - and North Devon Council needs someone to drive it. - Credit: Archant

Council is looking for operators to run its new ‘Dotto train’ in the town next year.

WITH delivery of Ilfracombe’s land train only weeks away, North Devon Council is seeking an operator to run the service next year.

An introductory meeting to operating the ‘Dotto’ train will be held on Monday, November 4 from 5-7pm at the Civic Centre in Barnstaple.

The council is particularly interested in hearing from organisations with previous experience in providing the same or similar services.

The service will ferry passengers around the town’s High Street, harbour and seafront areas.


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The land train is the result of a successful £163,000 funding bid to the EU Leader 4 programme. Currently being custom-made in Italy, it is expected to be delivered to Ilfracombe in the week beginning November 18.

At next week’s meeting, council officers will explain how the competitive procurement process will work and to seek input from those experienced in the market to help the council put together the contract specification.

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There will also be the opportunity to ask questions about how the train will operate and what will be expected.

“We’re really excited about this project - it will be another addition to Ilfracombe’s growing portfolio of attractions and it will also be a useful transport link around the town,” said Ilfracombe District Councillor Mike Edmunds.

“We’re hoping that there are lots of local entrepreneurs out there looking for a unique new venture. I would urge anyone with an interest to get in touch for more information.”

Potential operators should register their interest at www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk before October 31, or contact Sally Nelson on 01271 388418, email economicdevelopment@northdevon.gov.uk.

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