CPT News Release: Nantwich awarded ‘coach friendly’ status

Published: 14-04-2015

The market town of Nantwich in east Cheshire has been awarded CPT’s ‘Coach Friendly’ status. Nantwich becomes the 22nd holder of this prestigious title - the fifth location in the North West - along with Southport, Chester, Bury and Liverpool.  

The status, now in its 12th year, acknowledges the commitment that the town has made to understanding the requirements of coaches and their passengers, whilst also providing first-class facilities and information sources for drivers.        

Presenting the award to the Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Christine Farrall and Peter Saunders of Nantwich Rotary, Alf Scrimgour, CPT’s Coach Tourism Executive said: 

“I am delighted to present Nantwich with CPT’s ‘Coach Friendly’ status.    

“The town has shown a coherent and detailed strategy for integrating group tourism - providing clear directional instructions and signs for visiting coaches, adequate capacity for coach parking, set down & pick up points and excellent nearby facilities for both passengers and drivers.”    

Alf added: “Overall I was extremely impressed by Nantwich’s whole-hearted efforts to satisfy the quite demanding criteria of the status, and also by the way all agencies have worked together to make sure they ‘ticked all the boxes’.    

“Nantwich has shown a real commitment to providing a true and genuine welcome to coaches, their drivers and passengers.”    

On receiving the status, the Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Christine Farrall said: 

“I am delighted to accept this prestigious award on behalf of Nantwich at what is my final formal engagement as Mayor.      

"I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard to make sure that the town has been officially recognised as being coach friendly. I am certain that this status will lead to a greater to number of visitors having an even more enjoyable time when coming to Nantwich.”    

CPT’s Coach Friendly status is reviewed every 12 months by means of a signed statement from the destination confirming that no significant changes have been made to the provision, and all holders of the status are subject to a formal re-audit every 3 years to ensure there has not been a significant decline in their recognised coach friendly facilities.  

NOTES TO EDITORS  

  • The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is the national trade association representing bus and coach operators.  
  • For more detailed information or comment, please contact Christopher Nice or Pauline Gaunt on 020 7240 3131 or 07798 765473.
  • Previous winners of CPT’s Coach Friendly Award are: Nantwich, Llandudno, Burnham-on-Sea, Devizes, Rochester, Stratford-on-Avon, Windsor, Southport, Salisbury, Scarborough, Eden Valley, Chester, Bury, Lichfield, Alnwick Castle, Alnwick Town, Ironbridge, Cardiff, Liverpool, Coventry, Shrewsbury and Chesterfield.

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