Pictures: New land train makes tracks to Ilfracombe
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Italian ‘Dotto’ train arrives in town.
ILFRACOMBE’S new land train has arrived in North Devon.
The brand new Dotto brand train touched down in the town yesterday afternoon after a long road trip from a factory at Castelfranco near Venice in Italy.
The custom-made vehicle in ‘Ilfracombe livery’ is the result of a successful £163,000 funding bid to the EU Leader 4 programme.
It is hoped that as well as proving an attraction in its own right, the train will help to get more visitors around Ilfracombe, and even help reduce traffic congestion and parking problems.
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The likely route will take in the swimming pool, harbour, seafront and High Street areas.
Plans for a trackless train were shelved in 2010, but now the town has become the first in North Devon to have a Dotto, similar to those found in Torquay and Bournemouth,
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Executive member for development in Ilfracombe, Councillor Mike Edmunds, said it was ‘superb news for the town’.
“This is the latest in a number of projects that we hope are going to really boost the visitor experience in Ilfracombe, which can only be a good thing for local residents and businesses alike,” he said.
The train is expected to be in operation by the February half term and the council has already invited potential operators who wish to run the service to register their interest.
People will be invited to tender their bids at the beginning of December and the appointment will be made at the start of January.