March 29 2021

Coach travel is an inclusive, sustainable, environmentally friendly travel option that reduces air pollution, carbon emissions and road congestion.

Coach operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it can deliver flexible and fast emergency responses and coach tourism contributes a huge £14 billion each year to the economy, delivering vital footfall to attractions across the UK and carrying spectators to concerts, festivals and sporting events.

We are delighted to launch the Coach Strategy, the industry’s first official strategy outlining vital role of coach in UK society and how, with Government support, the industry can thrive and play its full part in the economic and green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

We have an exclusive event for CPT members taking place on 20 April, with panellists including Roads Minister Baroness Vere and Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston. For more information about the event and to sign up to attend, click here.

Click the buttons below to read the strategy.




To read our coach strategy for Wales, click the buttons below (there are two versions - one in English and one in Welsh).





Resources to support the Coach Strategy

To help promote the Coach Strategy we have created resources for our members to use. To download the resources and find out more about how to use them, click the links below.

Social media graphics

Social media graphics and examples of content to use are available for members to download.

Lobbying materials

The lobbying materials include letters that members can use to reach out to your local MP, local media and local authority.


Key statistics about the coach industry

Below are some key statistics you can use when talking about the role of coach travel.

  • One coach can keep up to 50 cars off the road.
  • 600,000 children to school each day.
  • 6.3 million people used a coach in the year before the pandemic.
  • In 2019 there were 23 million visits to tourist attractions and locations by coach.
  • Coach tourism contributed £14 billion to the UK economy.
  • The coach industry employs 42,000 people.
  • There are 2,500 coach operators in the UK.
  • 80% of the industry's income is from tourism related work.