A NEW Land Train service could be operating in Weymouth next year – providing an additional attraction for visitors.

Unlike the previous service, which mainly ran along the seafront, the new service plans to take in a wider area, including the harbour.

Town councillors are being asked to consider the idea next week – although there has already been concern about the vehicle using the narrow streets up to the Nothe Gardens.

Permission had been given to run the service this year but the pandemic forced the operators to postpone.

Two services have been proposed – a history train operating every 50-60 minutes from the Esplanade to Hope Square and a Cruise Ship Train every 30-45 minutes when tourist ships are visiting.

An idea has also been floated for an evening train on a short route which may offer sea shanty music.

Dorset Echo: The train could take people on a tour around Weymouth HarbourThe train could take people on a tour around Weymouth Harbour

All of the services are based on a engine with three coaches travelling at a maximum speed of 10mph, with each coach able to carry 16 passengers, supported by a full time attendant on the train. A specialist lift will also be available for one passenger in a wheelchair.

The company will have its main pick-up points in Brewers Quay and another on the Esplanade adjacent to the Alexandra Gardens with request stops by Debenhams on Commercial Road and the Swannery car park.

The item will be discussed by town councillors at the next planning committee on October 20th although a final decision on the operating license will be made by Dorset Council.

A report to the town council committee on says that relevant town council ward members have been consulted with three expressing general support for the idea, although there has been concern about the separate proposal to operate to the Nothe, given the limited passing space on Horsford Street and Barrack Road.