CPT News Release: Coventry is awarded Coach Friendly Status by CPT

Published: 10-02-2012

Coventry City Council will be the latest UK City to receive the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) - Coach Friendly City Award at the CPT West Midlands Region’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony being held at 19:00 on Friday, 10 February at Drayton Manor Hotel, Tamworth.

Councillor Linda Bigham will receive the award on behalf of the City of Coventry from Mark Yexley National CPT President and Mike de Courcey Chairman West Midlands Region of the CPT. 

CPT awards this status to destinations which show clear commitments to understanding the investment and commitment made in providing facilities for coaches, their passengers and drivers. 

Mike de Courcey Chairman of the CPT West Midlands Region said “I am delighted to be awarding the City ofCoventry our  prestigious Coach Friendly City Award. This will be the fourth Local Authority to receive this award in West Midlandsregion. 

"Stratford Upon Avon was the first of our towns to be awarded coach friendly status, followed in  2009 byLichfield City , 2010 Ironbridge World Heritage site and now in 2012,Coventry City. 

"It is clear that towns and cities in the West Midlands believe that this CPT Award is a hugely important product and they recognise that by investing and delivering good quality support to the Coach Industry, great economic benefits will follow." 

Phil Bateman, CPT West Midlands Regional Manager said "Coventry have committed themselves to become a World Class destination of choice for tourism, business, shopping and entertainment. It is clearly a city that excels in accommodating and attracting and welcoming coaches and their drivers and passengers. 

"They have outlined their strategy to achieve their vision and demonstrated how they intend to provide a CoachFriendly City based on the following objectives. They have agreed to ensure that their coach travel strategy links to the Local Transport Plan 3, they will provide comprehensive web site information, produce information leaflets, Market and communicate coach facilities, Improve direction signs for both coach drivers and passengers. 

"They have also committed to providing good driver, passenger and coach parking facilities in appropriate and desirable locations, and ensuring accessibility for all passengers, particularly disabled users.  

"In addition the City is to invest in a long stay coach park at White Street with space for 24 coaches and also providing drop off car parking provision along with taxi ranking space. All protected by CCTV cameras fitted to provide additional security for coaches parked."

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