Plymouth improves coach parking

New arrangements for tour operators have been unveiled in Plymouth from September with dedicated set-down and pick-up points at Derry’s Cross and the Barbican. These facilities will replace existing visitor coach provision at the 1960’s Bretonside station, which is being closed to allow a £42million leisure complex to be built, including a new cinema.

New stops with waiting shelters are currently being built, and two dedicated locations for coaches are being prepared near Derry’s Cross roundabout in the city centre.

Up to five coaches at any one time will be able to use the bays, which have been designed to take into account continental coaches, with new road markings to create a safe boarding zone for passengers using an offside door.

Operators can also drop visitors at the existing stop on Commercial Road and at the junction of Lambhay Hill and Commercial Road on the Barbican (beneath the Citadel). Improvements for the latter site are planned by the council, and the area is being monitored so that coaches are limited to dropping-off and picking-up passengers rather than parking there all day.

Coach parking and driver facilities will also be offered on a commercial basis by Citybus at its depot at Milehouse (PL3 4AA) and the Stagecoach depot at The Ride (PL9 7JT), on the other side of Laira Bridge.