Plans to convert part of Brown Street Car Park in Salisbury into a short stay coach park with space for eight to 12 coaches are moving forward, says BBC News.
Under the proposals the car park will be redesigned and a toilet block will be constructed although the rest of the space would be retained for cars, motorcycles and disabled parking. Coaches spending longer in the city will go to the Britford Park & Ride site after they have dropped off their passengers, where there will be facilities for drivers.
The current coach drop off point on St John’s Street will be retained for people who are visiting Salisbury Cathedral. Stanhope, the developer behind the Maltings scheme, which will result in the Millstream Coach Park closing, has said that it will provide another drop off point for people visiting the other side of the city.
John Burch from the CPT (Confederation of Passenger Transport), which has awarded Salisbury Coach Friendly Status, said he felt the proposals would help the city to retain the important accolade. “Coach travel is vital for the economy of any tourist destination and brings in visitors of all ages,” he said. “There are lots of criteria we look for when awarding – and seeing if a destination is able to retain – Coach Friendly Status and what is happening in Salisbury is very promising.”