CPT News Release: Seaside resorts receive CPT ‘Coach Friendly’ status

Published: 31-03-2016

Bournemouth and Blackpool are the latest towns to receive CPT’s prestigious ‘Coach Friendly’ Towns, Cities & Villages status.

Presented with the title at the British Tourism & Travel Show at Birmingham earlier in the month, CPT was delighted to learn that both destinations have recently undertaken a programme of work specifically designed to provide coaches with greater ease of access to their key visitor attractions and facilities, whilst also actively promoting coach tourism across the town. 

Speaking at BTTS, CPT’s Alf Scrimgour said: “CPT is delighted to welcome Bournemouth and Blackpool to its Coach Friendly scheme. The status recognises the commitment that they have both made to making sure that coach parties receive a very warm welcome when visiting. 

“Both towns are well established, famous seaside resorts that have made great strides in recent years to make sure that their offer to coaches, drivers and passengers is second to none. 

“Having worked closely with local bus and coach companies, during my recent assessment visit I was delighted to learn that Blackpool and Bournemouth have introduced additional drop-off zones, made major changes to coach parks – including increased security measures due to the implementation of lighting and CCTV – and vastly improved facilities for drivers and vehicles. 

Alf added: “Both towns have fully grasped the importance of the coach industry to its local economy and present a true ‘Coach Friendly’ face to the industry. 

On receiving the status, Mark Smith (pic), Director of Tourism for Bournemouth, said: “We are delighted to achieve the CPT Coach Friendly status. It’s very important that forward-thinking, modern destinations cater well for visitors arriving by coach since they represent a vital part of the tourism market. 

“The Coach Friendly award is a recognised standard that Bournemouth is extremely proud to have received.” 

Councillor Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “Blackpool has a long and successful association with coach travel, stretching right back to the days of the horse drawn vehicle and this new status is a wonderful reflection of the continued commitment that the resort makes to both coach travellers and operators. 

“We have invested in some important initiatives recently to make access to the resort even smoother for coaches, enabling travellers to make the very most of their visit here. The award is also particularly timely as this year, Blackpool will be hosting the national UK Coach Rally in May, which will see coaches displayed along the Promenade between Central Pier and North Pier.”      

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: Alnwick, Burnham-on-Sea, Bury, Cardiff, Chester, Chesterfield, Coventry, Devizes, Eden Valley, Ironbridge, Lichfield, Liverpool, Llandudno, Nantwich, Perth, Rochester, Salisbury, Scarborough, Shrewsbury, Southport, Stratford-on-Avon, and Windsor 

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