Last reviewed 19 May 2021

Before the Covid-19, pandemic domestic and international visitors travelling by coach contributed £14 billion to the economy each year, with 23 million visits to tourist attractions and places made by coach in 2019.

As lockdown restrictions are lifted, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has called for coach-friendly policies to be implemented in tourist destinations to encourage people back to coach travel in order to deliver vital footfall to destinations across the UK.

CPT’s Policy Manager Rebecca Kite said: “While it can provide an attractive, convenient, sustainable, and flexible way for people to travel the country, coach travel to tourist destinations is frequently hampered by poor access and a lack of appropriate facilities.”

The CPT believes that special consideration should be given to measures that make coach travel accessible and more appealing than travelling by car, with policies that ensure safe areas for passengers to be dropped off and picked up, adequate on-site parking, access to main roads which are suitable for large vehicles, and sufficient facilities for coach drivers.

The full CPT response to a Government consultation on travel and the tourism industry can be found — here.

One piece of good news for the CPT is that coach parking in Blackpool will be free, up to a maximum of 72 hours, until January 2022. Blackpool is known as the capital of UK coach trips and holidays with coaches bringing in 120,000 coach visitors per year, who contribute £30 million to the local economy and support jobs across the town.