Coach and lorry facility set to open soon

By on 20/01/2011 in News

In March 2011 a new dedicated coach and lorry parking facility will open at Brewery Street in the city centre.

Since the loss of the Masshouse Coach and Lorry Park in 2002, there has been no dedicated long stay coach or lorry parking facility in the city centre, except for limited non-secure coach parking spaces at some attractions and venues.

The facility has been developed on the site of the former West Midlands Training Centre at Brewery Street, in the Gun Quarter at a cost of £1.5 million. A third of this cost was funded from developer contributions generated from local planning permissions.

The facility provides 32 coach or lorry spaces and a welfare building which contains a rest room with hot and cold water/showers/toilets. Access to the facility is controlled by CCTV and electronic gates. Pedestrian access/egress is only possible by use of the parking ticket obtained by drivers from within the site.

The design of the facility has taken on board market intelligence on lorry parking collated by the DfT and the West Midlands Freight Quality Partnership, and coach parking information from Birmingham's main visitor attractions.

The scheme will help to improve visits by coach to Birmingham and help to reduce pressure on limited on-street parking. 

Birmingham City Council has already provided a number of coach set down and pick up points around the city centre. The new facility will enable coaches to layover between dropping passengers off and picking them up.  It should also help to reduce unnecessary trips by coaches around the City Centre searching for parking. 

It is estimated that some 20,000 coaches visit the City per annum bringing over 1 million people.  These visits are worth over £20.5 million to the city's economy.

The facility will help to encourage more coach tour operators to come to Birmingham, boosting the City's growing tourism industry.  In 2010 the Frankfurt Christmas Market attracted at least 650 coaches during December. 

In addition to the economic impact, coaches offer environmental benefits by helping to reduce congestion and air pollution.  They help promote accessibility and social inclusion and are one of the safest modes of travel. 

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Further information from Simon Houltby on 0121 303 3503

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