Wheels in motion for potential return of land train to seafront

The land train during its four day trial in Whitley Bay.
The land train during its four day trial in Whitley Bay.
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A seafront attraction could make a more permanent return following a successful trial.

Around 4,000 people tried out the seaside land train in Whitley Bay as part of a four-day trial by North Tyneside Council.

after such brilliant comments, it’s now our intention to look at ways in which it can become a more permanent summer coastal attraction

Mayor Norma Redfearn

Now, following positive feedback, the local authority is considering how to make a land train or similar vehicle a more permanent seasonal feature.

During the free trial – with costs covered by AIS Training, Grange Interiors and Kier North Tyneside – visitors were taken from the Brierdene car park along to the Spanish City Plaza, enabling them to also enjoy Edinburgh Fringe performances at the Plaza.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We have had an overwhelming response to the trial.

“We asked passengers for their feedback – comments included how great it was, it being a lovely treat and one family even told us that they rode it every day!

“The trial gave us the opportunity to see what level of support and interest it would generate – and after such brilliant comments, it’s now our intention to look at ways in which it can become a more permanent summer coastal attraction.

“We’ve listened to residents’ suggestions to make it even better, like extending its route, and we’ll be taking them into consideration, too.

“I must thank the businesses which generously sponsored the trial – it meant we were able to offer the public the chance to try it for free.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to Di Meo’s Ices who treated the first young passengers to a free ice cream.”

The service was run by father and son Russell and Laurence Warburton, whose business is based in the Lake District.

Russell said: “We were delighted to be asked to trial a land train at Whitley Bay, the route was terrific with spectacular views across the bay.”

“We thoroughly enjoyed providing the service to the people of Whitley Bay and they in turn thoroughly enjoyed the ride.”

The land train was in the borough from Wednesday August 26, before having to leave on the Saturday night as it was already pre-booked to go to another location.