Go west, go west

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Alan Payling considers the alternative route to the West Country via the M3/A303/A30 and suggests that contrary to the view of many, there are places that welcome coaches on that road

When I speak to tour drivers who travel to the many resorts on the South West peninsula from the South East and Eastern England, many say they would like to travel via the A303 corridor. However, the reason why they don’t is because of the apparent lack of facilities for coach parties. ‘There’s nowhere to stop,’ they say.

Southern National Bristol bus LTA995 on display at Haynes Motor Museum. CHRIS SAMPSON

While the driver might agree that it is a good and scenic road, the perceived lack of places to feed, water and relieve their passengers deters them heading west via Stonehenge. However, while there are services on the A303 route, there are other places that will welcome coach parties and given that they are not service stations that might be an incentive to give them a try. They might also appeal because of the attractions they’re attached to. […]

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