Bury Market lands Coach Friendly status again
Bury Market has again been recognised for its role in coach tourism with a Coach Friendly award, and doubled its driver benefits.
The market in Greater Manchester – famous for its black puddings and nearby heritage railway – has once again been endorsed as Coach friendly. The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) presented the market’s management team with its highest accreditation thanks to a 40% increase in the number of coach visits since 2016.
Leanne Clowting, Membership Director for the CPT, said: “The wide range of stalls and eateries Bury market offers are the reasons people flock here in large numbers each year.
“The market’s kind welcome also extends to our members in the coach industry whose drivers are given meal vouchers and free parking for transporting tourists safely and in comfort in their spacious single-decker vehicles.
“Coaches play a vital role in tourism, contributing over £14bn to the UK economy every year. We hope other tourism attractions follow the great example set by Bury Market.”
James Daly, MP for Bury North, said: “It is absolutely fantastic to see Bury Market being recognised with this award. The market is not only at the heart of our town’s economy and tourism industry but also an integral part of our town’s culture and identity.
“The coaches that bring tourists from across the country have a key role in the market’s prosperity and I welcome that the brilliant coach drivers are being properly welcomed and supported when they come to Bury Market.”
Bury market has recently agreed to double the coach driver’s meal voucher subsidy from £5 to £10 per visit. Along with the coach parking being free, the Market has become one of the most attractive locations in the UK for coach operators.
When visiting, coach passengers can also take in the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum and hop on to the scenic East Lancashire Heritage railway line.