The new coach park at Odd Down has officially opened at a cost of £1.8 million.
Providers are now able to leave vehicles in the 29-space facility, located next to the park and ride, offering a long-stay option for coaches bringing tourists to Bath – although not during the Christmas Market.
The site has been pre-booked as a layover location for the festive event, so will not be available for general use. The new coach park is part of the redevelopment of Bath Quays, on the site of the former Riverside Coach Park on Avon Street.
The Odd Down Coach Park is one aspect of a long-term approach by Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) to reduce congestion and improve air quality in the city centre.
Council leader Tim Warren said: “Providing a dedicated coach park with good driver facilities is good news for coach companies and means Bath city centre remains an attractive tourist destination while also alleviating coach parking in roads around the city.”
Councillor Mark Shelford, cabinet member for transport and environment, added: “The dedicated coach park also contributes to our commitment for clean air in the city and is part of a package of measures we have for a cleaner and greener Bath.”
For more information about using the Odd Down facility during the Christmas Market, click here.