TORY councillors have thrown out plans to create a road-rail freight link at top tourist location Goodrington.
Residents and community leaders were shocked by the proposals to potentially use the land near sidings at the area's steam railway station in Paignton as an 'intermodal rail freight transfer'.
The idea was included in the new port masterplan proposed for Tor Bay Harbour Authority as a way of promoting short sea shipping.
According to the plan, freight would have been taken to and from Torquay and Brixham harbours to Goodrington to be distributed by rail.
Ward councillor Alan Tyerman said a Tory group meeting had urged that the plan was withdrawn.
He said: "The group had a good discussion and decided it was not a project they wish to pursue and requested it be removed from the document before it comes to council.
"The general consensus was it was incompatible with a tourist location and because of the impact of the lorries from either harbour running through key points in our towns to this location and back. It was firmly squashed.
"It had been in the 1995 local plan, but was not included in the draft new local plan."
Louise Gilson, chairman of Paignton Community Partnership, said: "I am very happy if that is the case. We are a holiday resort for goodness sake."
The report states the proposal has been identified as an option through the masterplan process and the project could reduce overall road mileage in the area being more environmentally friendly in freeing up the road network.