A potential visitor attraction is to undergo a road test later this month.
Visitors to Whitley Bay will be able to travel along the coast on a special seaside land train as part of a trial by North Tyneside Council.
I’m delighted we’re able to offer visitors the chance to try it out for freeMayor Norma Redfearn
The train will run between the Briardene car park and the Spanish City Plaza from Wednesday, August 26, until Saturday, August 29, and will be free to ride.
The trial will test the popularity of a land train after it was included in the council’s £36m Whitley Bay Seafront Master Plan.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “When we presented the Seafront Master Plan earlier this year, we received a lot of support from residents for the idea of a coastal land train so now we are trying it out.
“Its arrival has been perfectly timed to coincide with a set of great performances on our Spanish City Plaza and I’m delighted we’re able to offer visitors the chance to try it out for free.
“I hope lots of people will take the opportunity to come down and give it a go.”
The vehicle is on hire for four days, and if the trial is successful then the council will explore options for bringing a more permanent summer land train or similar vehicle to the coast.
The land train will be able to carry around 40 passengers per trip and will operate between 11am and 5pm.
It will start at the Briardene car park, heading south on the footpath parallel to the Links Road, before turning onto the Northern Promenade.
Pick-up points along the promenade will include the Rendezvous Cafe and Panama Dip Skate Park, before arriving at the Spanish City Plaza. The train’s return journey will follow the same route.
It will travel at around 10mph and a full risk assessment has been carried out to ensure the safety of passengers and pedestrians, as it will be driven on parts of the seafront pavement.