Porthcawl could be set for a new land train attraction which would link the town centre with the seafront and local beaches.

The Cabinet of Bridgend County Borough Council will meet next week to discuss proposals for establishing a new seasonal land train which would operate between Sandy Bay and Rest Bay to provide the town with a popular link along the seafront area.

It is proposed that the service would run along an initial route from the end of March or beginning of Easter until the end of September with an experimental traffic order in place to enable the vehicle to stop and pick up passengers.

If approved, the road train would be funded using £11,453 that has already been secured as part of Visit Wales’ Tourist Attractor Destinations (TAD) programme.

Since Visit Wales confirmed Porthcawl as a priority area for it support in 2014, Bridgend County Borough Council has used the TAD scheme to deliver the £1.5m Watersports Centre at Rest Bay.

The council has also carried out work to refurbish the kiosk building at Porthcawl Marina to create accessible facilities for berth holders as well as new office space and a commercial unit.

Earlier in the year, the council also launched a Visit Bridgend website to showcase the county borough to residents and visitors.

Porthcawl was previously served by the Promenade Princess, a popular road train attraction which ran for a number of years until 2008.

  • The proposal will go before Cabinet at 2.30pm on 17 November.
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