End of line for roadtrain
Dominic Bareham PLANS to route a roadtrain through Caister were dramatically dropped on Wednesday after the owner of the tourist attraction decided she did not want to upset businesses and residents in the village.
PLANS to route a roadtrain through Caister were dramatically dropped on Wednesday after the owner of the tourist attraction decided she did not want to upset businesses and residents in the village.
Debra Lord, whose company Lord Choo Choo had proposed the plan, said: “I don't want to upset the local people and the local businesses so I would rather just withdraw the plans and run it as I am running it now. I don't want to be arguing and fighting over a route. I don't want to upset anybody.”
Taxi firms and Caister councillors were particularly concerned that her plans to operate the trains along the busy A149 Caister Road between Yarmouth seafront and Haven holiday park in Caister would cause considerable traffic congestion through the village.
The owner of Catfield-based East Coast Cabs, who did not wish to be named, had also objected and said regulations for land trains stated they had to operate on sightseeing routes, but there were no tourist attractions along the Caister Road.
Borough Cllr Marie Field had written to Chief Insp Jim Smerdon at Great Yarmouth police to voice her concerns there would be traffic chaos if the roadtrain travelled along the busy roads at speeds not exceeding 20mph.
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She said it would be better to create a 'B' road through Seashore Holiday Park in Yarmouth and into Caister - this which would prevent traffic jams and enable emergency vehicles to get through.
But Mrs Lord said she did not want to go through the process of getting permission from the police and Norfolk County Council if the train was likely to cause anger.
She told the Mercury: “I want to run a train that people enjoy and I want to do it for the good and not for the bad. I like doing what I do and that is how I want to keep it.”
Had she gone through with her plans, the trains would have been run a couple of times in the morning and a couple of times late in the afternoon.
However, she said there were tourist attractions along the proposed A149 road train route - including the greyhound stadium and Racecourse.
The scheme had received support from police traffic management officer David Law who said traffic moved slowly through the village during the summer anyway and the train could actually cut congestion by taking traffic off the roads.
He said: “There are some arguments for and against. If you have 40 people on that roadtrain, that could be perceived as 10 vehicles not on the road. The route is direct and not stopping anywhere.”
Currently, Lord Choo Choo owns a fleet of four trains- three white and one red and black - operating along Yarmouth seafront between Seashore Holiday Park and the Pleasure Beach.