New TfL trials to support coach industry
In support of the Tourist Coach Action Plan (TCAP), trials of mixed use bays and a pilot marshalling scheme have been implemented to support coach drivers operating in London. These two key actions, supported by London boroughs and other partners, are aimed at making better use of existing roadside facilities for tourist coaches in central London.
TCAP, a joint venture between TfL and CPT, is a five year plan launched in autumn 2013, to ensure better access for tourist coaches; smarter use of stopping and parking spaces; an improved perception of coaches and a more robust approach to discussing the challenges and opportunities for tourist coaches in the capital.
The mixed use bays will assess the benefits of reclassifying selected loading bays on the TfL road network so that they are made available for coaches to pick up and set down passengers. The three locations for the trial are Vauxhall Bridge Road (south of Neathouse Place), Commercial Street (southbound carriageway south of Brushfield Street) and Park Lane (Southbound at Marble Arch). These sites will be monitored during the 18 month trial.
The pilot marshalling scheme aims to help reduce congestion caused by coaches which overstay on coach parking facilities at specific tourist attractions in the capital. Pilot studies at key locations in central London include Aldwych, Buckingham Gate and Cromwell Road. The marshals have been trained at TfL’s Victoria Coach Station to provide coach drivers with assistance and monitor the coach bays. Where coach drivers overstay, they are asked to move on and are provided with alternative suitable parking locations on request. The data from both trials will be analysed with a view to extending them to more sites in areas of high demand.