Devizes coach bays hailed a success

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Coach parking bays in the centre of Devizes have been hailed a big success by the town council. They praised Tony Aldridge of the Devizes Tourism Partnership for his hard work in encouraging more coach companies to bring tourists to the town.

Mr Aldridge said the 22 bays allocated for coaches had made it easier to get Devizes included in tours which take in Avebury and Stonehenge, and so brought more trade to the town.

According to the Gazette and Herald, he said: “We have 22 coach parking bays in the town and high-quality toilets – they are just not in the same place. Despite that, Devizes has become a key destination as far as 50 coach companies are concerned, having a top museum and being between Stonehenge and Avebury. We have 50 eating places, 250 shops and sites of special interest.”

The council voted unanimously to tell Wiltshire Council that the parking bays had been a big success and should become permanent.

Mr Aldridge said important Blue Badge Guides had praised the town for its many attractions, including the Caen Hill Flight of Locks, Wiltshire Museum, Wadworth Brewery visitor centre and the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust Museum. The partnership has produced a leaflet, entitled Devizes Welcomes Coaches.

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An informative leaflet showing the location of coach parks and attractions can be found in the ‘Leaflets’ section at www.devizes.org.uk.