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New facilities for coach groups at Southend-on-Sea

first_imgSouthend-on-Sea has new and improved coaching facilities, with 110 free parking spaces for coaches and additional set-down and pick-up points.Toilets are onsite, and drivers can claim a free mealThe move follows a meeting between Southend Borough Council and the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) after July’s closure of the long-standing Seaway Coach Park.The new facilities are on Lucy Road, SS1 2AU (10 spaces) and nearby Garon Park Sports Centre, SS2 4FA (100 spaces). Both provide secure all-day parking, completely free of charge, from 0900-1800hrs daily.Scott Dolling, the Council’s Head of Service, Economy, Regeneration and Tourism, says: “While we appreciate that operators will be disappointed that Seaway Coach Park has closed, we hope the new facilities clearly demonstrate that Southend understands the requirements of the industry and is very much open to coaches and coach tourism.“In addition, there are toilets available on each site and visiting coach drivers who register for a token can also claim a free meal and drink at the Pebbles One cafe on the seafront.”Adds CPT’s Coaching Manager Andy Warrender: “At an extremely positive and productive meeting with the Council we were delighted to hear that alternative coach parking arrangements are already in place close to the original Seaway Coach Park.“Coaches are increasingly becoming the holiday mode of choice and it is refreshing to see that seaside towns such as Southend recognise their importance and are providing suitable facilities for both operators and drivers.”A page dedicated to visiting coaches and groups is on the Visit Southend website.last_img read more