New Plymouth coach station celebrates its first birthday
Pictured: Sam Kellond of Help the Heroes with the 'Navy Hero Bear'.
The new Plymouth coach station on Armada Way in the West End of the city recently celebrated one year since it first opened its doors to the public with a special event organised by National Express, who run the station.
The new £4.85m facility, which replaced the 1960s Bretonside bus station, includes seven bays, sail like steel canopies to provide shelter, toilets, a staffed ticket office, ticket vending machines, cycle stand, CCTV, a customer help point and a café concession.
A host of local businesses and organisations were involved in the day that included entertainment from Radio Plymouth, a 1948 Double Decker courtesy of the Plymouth Transport Preservation Society and fundraising activities generating over £1000 for Help the Heroes.
Over one thousand people attended including around 20 pupils from Longcause Community Special School who were invited to join in games and have a special journey round the city as part of National Express’ partnership with the school.
All visitors were also able to take advantage of a £5 travel from Plymouth to anywhere* ticket offer available on the day from National Express who offer direct services to 110 locations; alongside additional scheduled services provided by a number of other operators.
Donna McDonald, Plymouth coach station manager at National Express, said: “We’ve carried over 250,000 passengers through Plymouth since the first coach left the new station on 7 September last year.
“This is a key hub for us and it’s been wonderful to be able to welcome travellers at the great new facility. “
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning said: “We are delighted that the coach station has had such a successful year. Not only was it great to see a key transport player such as National Express commit in a big way to Plymouth, it gave thousands of passengers a much better welcome to Britain’s Ocean City.
“In the past year we have cemented some great working relationships with the company and together, we’ve been awarded the first-ever Safer Coach Station accreditation – great for the station and great for passengers.”
Around 22 National Express services a day depart from Plymouth coach station with the top five most popular locations of London, Heathrow, Bristol, Birmingham and Newquay. Single fares to London start at just £5 when booked in advance.
All services are equipped with VUER (View Unwind Enjoy Relax), National Express’ complimentary onboard entertainment app which allows coach travellers to enjoy films, TV and magazines and free WiFi – all completely free of charge.