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Plans for seasonal roadtrain on track

PUBLISHED: 14:48 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 12:24 03 July 2010

Laura Bagshaw

A NEW seasonal roadtrain taking in many of Great Yarmouth's historical landmarks is still on track and could be up-and-running by March.

Laura Bagshaw

A NEW seasonal roadtrain taking in many of Great Yarmouth's historical landmarks is still on track and could be up-and-running by March.

Train operator Lord Choo Choo is looking to run a separate route from its current seafront jaunt which would take in St George's Park, the Time & Tide Museum, town centre and Pleasure Beach, subject to Norfolk County Council agreeing to vary a traffic order relating to bus lanes in the town.

The council is due to decide in the new year whether to open the lanes in King Street and Regent Street to roadtrains, as well as buses and taxis.

Signs have gone up on posts around the town centre advising of the consultation period for the legal changes, with consultation due to end early next month.

Debra Lord, who runs Lord Choo Choo, said the new route would trace a path through the town centre along King Street and Regent Street before heading up Howard Street, Fullers Hill and Temple Road and returning to the seafront via Trafalgar Road, which runs alongside St George's Park.

“We should be able to go down there from the new year if permission is granted, but we will not be going onto South Quay or North Quay because it can get congested down there, so we will come down King Street then on to Howard Street,” she said.

Earlier this month, she dropped plans to run a roadtrain through Caister following a storm of protest from taxi firms and Caister councillors. They felt trains running along the busy A149 Caister Road would lead to traffic congestion in the village.

She told the Mercury: “I don't want to upset the local people and 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.”


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