Newbury bus station build to affect excursion coaches

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West Berkshire Council has commenced construction of a new bus station at the Wharf in Newbury.

The work began on Friday, April 27, 2018 and is expected to take six months to complete.

The existing bus station on Market Street will remain operational during this time, but there will be no excursion coach facilities available in the Wharf.

Once the new facility at the Wharf is complete, in addition to boarding and alighting provision for local bus, scheduled national and excursion coaches, the bus station will also incorporate layover facilities, including for a limited number of excursion coaches.

Peter Walker, Transport Services Manager at West Berkshire Council, told CBW: “The council appreciates the importance of the patronage of coach traffic and is keen to ensure the footfall this brings to the town centre is impacted as little as possible.

“It is therefore proposed to use a combination of existing bus station on Market Street, along with Newbury Rugby Club to provide layover space for excursion coaches during the construction of the new bus station.

“It is proposed that excursion coach passengers can alight and board at the existing Market Street bus station, with limited layover available. Further, overflow layover will be published on the council’s website for ease of reference.

“For operators whose coaches regularly use Newbury in order to help with forward planning, may I encourage those operators to make contact with my colleague Neil Obbard by emailing [email protected] or by phone on 01635 503248.”