‘Exciting opportunity’ for businesses to apply to run busy land train

The hunt is on for an operator to run Ilfracombe’s Dotto train.

North Devon Council is asking for anyone interested in running the land train to apply using the procurement website www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk. The deadline for tenders is Friday, March 18.

The train has been operated by Filers Travel and this appeal is part of the council’s normal tender process, which it has to do.

The Dotto arrived in Ilfracombe in November 2014, having travelled more than 1,000 miles from Italy where it was custom-made.

The train has two carriages, seating up to 40 adults and is equipped with rain covers, allowing it to operate in all conditions.

Applicants should ideally have experience of running similar operations and have sufficient resources to be able to run a successful service.

The train is owned by North Devon Council, with storage facilities provided. The operator will be responsible for maintenance, repair, operating and ticketing costs and insurance.

Executive member for economic development, Councillor Pat Barker, said: “The land train is now an established attraction in the town, so this is an exciting opportunity for a local business or individual to build on its success.

“We want someone who is passionate about Ilfracombe and providing an excellent service to local residents and the many visitors to the town.”

For an informal discussion contact the council’s economic development team on 01271 388418 or 388216.