Ilfracombe land train is on track for another season

Posted on: 29 June 2016

Ilfracombe’s popular land train is back in action for a new season of welcoming visitors and residents on board.

Following a recent tender, North Devon Council has awarded a three-year contract to Filers. The Ilfracombe-based firm was responsible for running the train in its first two years of operation.

The ‘Dotto’ land train will run every day through the summer season, making various stops through the town, starting its route at Hillsborough Car Park, travelling down Portland Street, through High Street, Church Street, Wilder Road, St James Place to The Pier and returning to Hillsborough via The Cove.

Executive Member for economic development, Councillor Pat Barker, said: “It’s great to see the land train back on the road and I’m pleased that an established local firm has been awarded the contract. The train is a great all-weather attraction that gives visitors to Ilfracombe a whistle stop tour of the town and is particularly popular with families. If you’re planning a trip to Ilfracombe, look out for the stops around town and hop on board!”

Train operator, Roy Filer, said: “I am delighted we have been awarded the contract again to provide this lovely service in Ilfracombe. It’s great to see people enjoying the sights of Ilfracombe on board the train and waving to passers by as they go, and I am personally excited about how this great service develops over the season.”

Ilfracombe East ward member, Councillor Mike Edmunds, said: “I’m delighted that once again the contract has gone to a local operator who understands the history of Ilfracombe. The driver’s knowledge really adds to the experience for all who hop on board the land train.”

The land train, which is owned by North Devon Council, was the result of a £163,000 funding bid to the EU Leader 4 programme in 2014.

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