Councillors welcome road train attraction to boost tourism in Porthcawl

A new tourist attraction is set to open in Porthcawl next year as part of a council’s plan to attract visitors to the area.

Bridgend Council has agreed plans to introduce a land train to the town, which will take passengers from Sandy Bay to Rest Bay.

The council’s cabinet member for communities Councillor Richard Young said the train “could become one of the most popular attractions” in Porthcawl.

He said: “It’ll be easily accessible bringing immediate benefits to Porthcawl.

“We are hoping to get this attraction up and running for next season so it can start delivering benefits for Porthcawl.”

During a cabinet meeting held on Tuesday November 17, councillors agreed to start looking for an external operator to run the train.

It is hoped the service will be available to visitors from Spring 2021. Once it is ready, it will operate from late March or early Easter until late September.

The council has already received over £11,400 for the train from the Welsh Government as part of Visit Wales’ Tourist Attractor Destinations scheme. The council has also set aside money from its tourism budget for any necessary legal costs that may arise.

Council leader Huw David said: “I’ve no doubt that this would be very popular”.

He added: “We hope to work with the operator to ensure it is as sustainable and as accessible as possible.”

The council’s corporate director of communities Janine Nightingale said the infrastructure could be complete by April 2021 and it is hoped the chosen vehicle will “at least” have “a minimal carbon footprint”.

Bridgend Council will introduce new traffic orders to allow the train to collect and drop-off passengers en route. It will also assist the train operator with costs such as road signs and painting lines along the route.

Cabinet member for education and regeneration Councillor Charles Smith said he hopes the train will be sustainable “not only in commercial terms but sustainable in environmental terms as well”.

He said: “When happy times come back and we’re all vaccinated and feeling safe it’s going to add to the total sum of human happiness in Porthcawl.”

Article source: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/councillors-welcome-road-train-attraction-19304290