A trial of mixed use bays for coach set down/pick up is ongoing in London. These have been introduced in three locations including Park Lane (southbound at Marble Arch), Vauxhall Bridge Road (south of Neathouse Place) and Commercial Street (southbound carriageway south of Brushfield Street). It involves reclassifying selected loading bays so they retain their primary function, but they are also available for coaches to pick up and set down passengers. Another site will be available at Whitechapel Art Gallery later this year. Coaches are starting to use these bays, with Cumberland Gate and Vauxhall Bridge Road proving the most popular locations. The initiative is part of the capital’s Tourist Coach Action Plan (TCAP). If it proves a success, TfL will work with CPT, coach operators and London boroughs to identify and deliver more mixed use bays.
CPT’s Chief Executive, Simon Posner, said, ‘CPT welcomes and supports this trial of mixed use bays which, if successful, I hope will be extended across London providing valuable additional coach parking facilities. CPT encourages coach drivers to use these bays responsibly by not exceeding the time limits or park leaving their engines idling.’
Visit https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/coach-drivers/special-parking-arrangements for more information on coach parking in London.