Coach Parking In Central Bath Closes

Coach Parking and Drop-Off

There are no facilities for coach parking in central Bath. 

The Riverside Coach Park closed on 2nd November 2020, which was required to facilitate the development of Bath Quays North, the Council’s flagship regeneration project, that will create a new business district providing much needed high-quality offices and new jobs.

A new coach park has already been provided at Odd Down Park & Ride, providing 29 spaces for coaches to layover once they have dropped off in the city centre.

Coach drop off/pick-up will be re-provided on-street at Pulteney Road and Royal Avenue. Three bays will be provided at each location and will operate between 8am and 7pm. Waiting time is limited to 20 minutes (no return within one hour), except for two bays on Pulteney Road, which will be limited to 90 minutes waiting (no return within three hours).

This will increase the existing provision at:

  • Terrace Walk – close to major attractions and the busiest drop-off/pick-up location, ten minutes maximum waiting, capacity for two large coaches
  • North Parade – opposite Terrace Walk, ten minutes maximum waiting, capacity for two large coaches
  • James St West

These locations have been selected as they are within walking distance of key visitor attractions and are already used during Bath Christmas Market and match days for Bath Rugby.

Once the passengers have disembarked from the coach the driver should follow the signs to Odd Down Coach Park where there is a large and secure site for coach parking.

Odd Down Coach Park

Odd Down Park and Ride, Bath, BA2 8PD

Opening Times

24 hours a day all year (except for the duration of Bath Christmas Market)

Charges

Day rate charge of £1 – covers any period up to 24 hours and runs from midnight to midnight

Facilities

  • Toilets (charges apply)
  • Water supply
  • Coach toilet waste disposal
  • Park and Ride buses available for drivers to travel to/from the city centre – standard charges apply

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Weston Island

Weston Island, Lower Bristol Road, Bath, BA2 9ES

Opening Times

9:30pm to 6pm

Charges

  • Two hours – £5
  • Four hours – £8
  • Six hours – £11
  • Eight hours – £14
  • Over eight hours – £16

Payment

  • Cashless Parking through MiPermit
  • Onsite payment by cash

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Washroom
  • Vending Machines
  • Free return bus to the city centre

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Contact Information

Click here for more information.

Parking Services
PO Box 5197
Bath
BA1 0UF
01225 477133 or 477134
[email protected] 

Anderson Travel Talk About PSVAR

Disabled Peoples Right to use Coach Services.

The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) an extremely important and influential government advisory body has finally written a piece on the accessibility of coach services. Whilst acknowledging the limitations to access unique to coaches as a result in the main of the width and height of the front entrance steps DPTAC encourage, operators the Department of Transport and manufacturers to come together to find a solution to this in the short to medium term.

DPTAC was pleased that when the Public Service Vehicle Access regulations (PSVAR) were extended to cover coaches the main operators of scheduled services moved quickly to ensure compliance. However, that roll out of PSVAR coaches has not been so effective in private hire, home to school or other markets were coaches operate. As a result it is estimated that only 600 compliant vehicles are available in the “for hire” sector out of more than 25000 vehicles currently in commercial use.

From 1st January 2020 it became unlawful to use a non-PSVAR compliant coach on a scheduled service for which a charge is made. There was a lot of confusion around the issue of whether home to school should have been included in this. The government’s position is that it should whereas the industry at no point believed home to school was to be considered in scope.

The result of all this was that the national vehicle park was short of some 4000-6000 compliant vehicles for home to school services as at 1st January 2020 and this has meant an inevitable dispensation with regards to the legislation until 1st August 2021 with the Minister responsible Baroness Vere again stating she will review the position over the next few months.

Add to the problem a world-wide pandemic with many operators struggling financially as fleets have stood idle for the past twelve months and the average cost per unit of retro fitting a wheel chair lift being £28000.00 and you can see the huge financial pressure put upon operators to try and increase the number of PSVAR vehicles they have. It should be pointed out here there are no grants available to have any of this work done.

However, London based Anderson Travel, with depots at both Tower Bridge and Heathrow Airport have been able to increase its PSVAR fleet with some success. By September 2021 and the start of a new academic year for schools, 50% of the 40 vehicle fleet will be fully compliant from a standing start just 12 months ago of zero. Commented Managing Director, Mark Anderson, “We felt it was something we needed to do and we can now say with some certainty that if we receive a request from, in particular, a wheel chair user then we can provide a suitable vehicle to ensure that that wheel chair user can travel with their peers and other group members. Further to that when we operate in certain markets where we just do not know who will turn up, such as rail replacement or inter city services then we will be able to operate it using a PSVAR compliant vehicle. On all our home to school services seats have been pre booked and we know exactly who will be travelling with us and by working with the schools and colleges we operate for we can ensure a suitable vehicle is supplied. We carry over 1300 children to and from school every day keeping some 600 cars off the busy roads of London reducing congestion and pollution. We can now add to that impressive statistic with our ability to provide inclusivity for all our passengers”

London’s Transport Commissioner Mike Brown on the response to coronavirus in London

Support NHS heroes and TfL — please stay at home

MY heartfelt thanks go to the people of London for acting on the instruction of the Mayor and Government to stay at home and not travel to help fight the spread of coronavirus, save lives and protect our NHS.

We have seen Tube and rail passenger numbers plummet by 92 per cent and by almost 80 per cent on buses. This is enabling the transport network to serve the needs of health and other critical workers across the city.

In the same way as national rail services into London have been reduced, we are also running fewer Tube trains. This is because about 30 per cent of our own drivers, station staff, controllers and maintenance teams are not able to come to work, including those self-isolating or ill with coronavirus. The training involved with these roles takes many months and it is simply not possible to replace them immediately while maintaining a safe service. Our staff keeping the network running are making a heroic effort.

We are running as many trains in the early morning as possible. There has been crowding on some sections of the Tube at these times as London has adapted to our new ways of working. We have dealt with this by making some changes to these morning services, by applying station control measures and by working with 500 British Transport Police officers while also encouraging people to spread their time of travel. We are working with national rail services to ensure we manage crowding hotspots together too.

We have also taken the step to temporarily pause all TfL and Crossrail construction work to reduce the number of construction workers needing to travel into central London. I am extremely grateful for the willing help and support we have received on this from the industry and our supply chain.

We have sent about 13 million emails asking customers to stop travelling. We have used announcements at key stations and posters translated into 13 languages, and pumped out messages on social media and through our website. We have also taken steps to manage the road network differently, lifting the congestion charge and Ultra Low Emission Zone to get health and other workers across central London.

We are processing refunds on season tickets as quickly as we can and have waived the usual £5 redemption fee.

At the same time, we’ve sought to support the small and medium-sized companies that make up 86 per cent of the businesses on our transport network by giving them 100 per cent rent relief for the next three months. My message remains simple: the threat you pose to London when you make an unnecessary journey is real. No one should be travelling unless you are a critical worker making an absolutely essential journey.

Please don’t travel. Help us save lives. Help us protect the NHS.

Mike Brown MVO, London’s Transport Commissioner

The Future of the Coach in London – Workshop Postponed

With the rapidly changing situation in the COVID-19 situation, we have taken the decision to postpone the workshop on the ‘Future of the Coach in London’ on 30 March 2020 until later in the year, once the situation becomes clearer. This decision was not taken lightly, as we recognise that this is a time that the coach operator needs as much assistance as possible. However, it was thought unwise to go ahead with an event that will bring individuals into close contact with one another.

Westminster – Abingdon Street

Advance notice that Abingdon Street, which is part of the road network from Millbank to Parliament Square will be closed from Monday 27 April until early July 2020 for security gate installation work. Traffic will be diverted via Horseferry Road and Marsham Street.

Westminster – Broad Sanctuary

Broad Sanctuary (the road that leads from Victoria Street to Parliament Square, by Westminster Abbey) will be closed eastbound from 1 to 23 April 2020. For coaches travelling towards Whitehall, turn right at Great Smith Street, ahead Marsham Street, left into Horseferry Road, then Millbank, ahead into Abingdon Street to Parliament Square.

London Bridge Closure

Until the end of October 2020, London Bridge is closed in both directions to all traffic except coaches and buses, licensed taxis, motorcyclists and cyclists. However, the journey over the bridge may take longer than normal.

New 20 mph speed limits on all TfL roads in central London

TfL have introduced reduced speed limits across 8.9km of London roads within the Congestion Charging Zone from Monday 2 March 2020. This is a significant move to reduce road danger across the capital. The new 20mph speed limits will be enforced across all TfL roads within the Congestion Charging Zone and are supported by new signage and road markings.

Raised pedestrian crossings are being installed in prominent locations where a high number of people walk, including near Embankment and Tower Hill Underground stations and outside the Tate Britain. TfL have recalibrated all the speed cameras in central London and will work closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure that drivers are complying with the new safer speed limits.

The roads where the new 20 mph speed limit applies are:
• Albert Embankment
• Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth Bridge
• Millbank
• Victoria Embankment
• Upper Thames Street, Lower Thames Street, Byward Street, Tower Hill
• Borough High Street, Great Dover Street
• Blackfriars Road
• Part of Druid Street (between Tower Bridge Road and Crucifix Lane), Crucifix Lane, part of
Bermondsey Street (between Crucifix Lane and Tooley Street)
• Part of Tooley Street (between Duke Street Hull and Tower Bridge Road), Duke Street Hill, Part
of Queen Elizabeth Street (between Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road)
• Aldgate Gyratory, including Leman Street, Prescot Street, Mansell Street, Minories and
Goodman’s Yard, which is on the boundary of the CCZ rather than within it.

This should not have too much impact on coach drivers in London and with the large number of road junctions and traffic signals, which automatically slow down traffic, in practice it should not make much difference to overall journey times.

Speed is a factor in around 37% of collisions in London where a person dies or is seriously injured, which is why reducing the speed limit is key to the Mayor’s Vision Zero commitment to eliminate death and serious injury from London’s transport network by 2041.