A new coach park is to open near the Cabot Circus shopping centre in Bristol. The park is to host 13 parking bays and enough room for coaches to manoeuvre off-road. The park is due to open at the end of this month.
The coach park is being built by Bristol Alliance, developers of Cabot Circus. Kevin Duffy, director of Cabot Circus, said: “We are working with Bristol City Council and other city partners to create a new coach park area between Newfoundland Road and the Cabot Circus car park.
“Work has not yet started on site, but we hope that 13 new coach bays will be ready in time for groups coming to the city for Christmas shopping. The new coach park is in an ideal location for those visiting Bristol for shopping and leisure, and the location at the end of the M32 should mean less congestion as vehicles will be taken off the road before they reach the city centre.”
Operations director at Destination Bristol, John Hirst said: “We are very excited that Cabot Circus is opening a new coach park in time for the Christmas shopping season.
“Group leisure tourism is very important to our industry and the new coach park will allow us to New coach park in time for Christmas in central Bristol welcome more coaches to Bristol, increasing the economic impact of city tourism and retail business. Our group travel clients and coach operators are very pleased that we will have the new coach park in time for Christmas.”
The park will be equipped with CCTV cameras which will be monitored around the clock, with overnight parking available free of charge. A booking system will not be implemented initially, though there are plans to introduce such a system should demand for the park increase over time.
Groups will be able to disembark at a drop-off point 300 metres from the coach park. It is hoped that the park will catalyse an economic boost for Bristol in the short-term, as the facility will be ready in time for Christmas.