Coach and bus operators record breaking British Grand Prix weekend

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Unprecedented demand from spectators to attend the British Grand Prix meant that 401,000 people travelled to Silverstone over three days. Richard Sharman was there to document the huge number of coaches and buses required to transport those who choose the easy way to get to the circuit

Post-pandemic’: it is a phrase that is seemingly banded about for everything these days, but in this case it would appear that it is justified. Pent-up demand for people to get out and about and enjoy life in the great outdoors again meant that tickets for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone sold out in record time, with all General Admission tickets (the cheapest option available) sold out before Christmas.

Anticipating the extra demand after last year’s success, Silverstone installed new grandstands, but by mid-April all 142,000 seats for the race day on Sunday had also sold out. In total 401,000 people attended over the three days, which is an increase of 50,000 on last year.
With parking limited around the Silverstone track, coaches and buses are an extremely important element to the proceedings over the three days.

Ridley’s Coaches Flixbus-liveried Mercedes-Benz Tourismo BF21 EPA is seen working for F1 Experiences. RICHARD SHARMAN












Travelling by coach

Organised breaks are becoming increasingly popular with race spectators. Graham Rogers, Managing Director at Caledonian Travel said: “We were thrilled that over 20 coaches and 1,100 customers from our departure regions in Scotland, the North East and Yorkshire attended the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on a package break arranged by our team at Caledonian Travel.

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