CPT News Release: Devizes named CPT’s 20th ‘Coach Friendly’ location

Published: 03-04-2014

Devizes in Wiltshire has been awarded CPT’s Coach Friendly status, the 20th location in the UK to now hold the title.

Having received a bid for the status from Devizes Tourism Partnership earlier in the year, CPT executives John Burch and Cathy Summers visited the historic market town in March to review the application and subsequently award them with Coach Friendly status.    

Devizes offers two coach parks (Canal Wharf and Station Road), coach bays in New Park Street and a facility for coach drivers. All are ideally located for those visiting many of the town’s key attractions, which include Wadworth’s Brewery, Wiltshire Museum – which displays Stonehenge period gold and the Kennet and Avon Canal Wharf Museum.    
Speaking on Devizes’ achievements, John Burch, CPT’s Manager for the South Western region, said: 

“It was clear to see during my recent visit that the Tourism Partnership are extremely enthusiastic about the project and have put a huge amount of effort in to making Devizes a real must-visit coaching destination.    

“The town centre and market areas are extremely welcoming to coach parties and there really is something for everyone.”   He added: 

“The hard work starts now. I look forward to seeing Devizes continuing to work to welcome and accommodate coaches and passengers to this great town.”     


The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is the national trade association representing bus and coach operators.    

Previous winners of CPT’s Coach Friendly Award are: Rochester, Stratford-on-Avon, Windsor, Southport, Salisbury, Scarborough, Eden Valley, Chester, Bury, Lichfield, Alnwick Castle, Alnwick Town, Ironbridge, Cardiff, Liverpool, Coventry, Shrewsbury, Chesterfield and Burnham-on-Sea.   

For more detailed information or comment, please contact Christopher Nice or Pauline Gaunt on 020 7240 3131 or 07798 765473.    

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