Guernsey is set to welcome a new visitor attraction - its own Petit Train - from the end of May 2016. The on road train service will tour sites in a 35 minute narrated circuit operating from the island's capital, St Peter Port. Although initially aimed at cruise liner passengers, the train is expected to appeal to all visitors of the island and is set to become a staple of the island's character before long. The white and gold train has been shipped over from France and will be proudly conducted by stepmother and daughter pair, Julie Alderton and Laura Bean.
The Petit Train will operate a seasonal, non-stop, 35-minute circular route along the picturesque public roads from the Albert Pier with commentary designed to highlight key landmarks and introduce visitors to the many tourist attractions in and around town. It will carry up to 60 passengers in three carriages to provide an overview of the island's sites but also an insight into the history and culture as well.
The arrival of the train has been welcomed warmly by VisitGuernsey. Mike Hopkins, Director of Marketing and Tourism quotes: “VisitGuernsey is delighted with the arrival of the Petit Train. We are keen to support the development of tourist attractions on Guernsey and the train is a positive addition for visitors to St Peter Port providing a glimpse into our rich heritage as well as the chance to see some key sites in comfort and in a short time frame. In particular our cruise line passengers will benefit greatly and we hope that the overview the train gives them will inspire them to return to the island for a longer visit.”
It is anticipated that 125,000 cruise liner passengers will come ashore this season. 93% of more than 100 visiting passengers' surveyed last season indicated that they would be delighted to use a tourist train if one were available on the island.