Bath coach park, missing in action!

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Somebody showed me a picture today of the area that used to be Bath coach park. Wheres the last time I saw it there was a building with toilet (closed a while ago as people don't need toilets in this digital age), a cafe and an undercover area to wait for the numerous coaches that Bath usually attracts it now consists of a leveled gravel area, all fenced off with a new pavement alongside it. This appears to be the local authorities latest ploy to try to discourage coaches from visiting bath as it's only a few years ago it was reduced in size and repurposed as a pickup/drop off point. Plus any visiting coaches now have to be Euro 6 or pay a fine.

If it was poorly used this would be understandable however (in normal years) the facilities are often overrun with visiting tours.

In better news these visitors will be able to drive to Bath using vehicles of any age as cars don't cause pollution, and if they cant afford cars then the local authority would prefer they went somewhere else.

Of course it might be that the local authority have been tipped off by central government that there isn't going to be a resumption of the tourist industry, so no need to visit Bath every again!
 
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It was quietly closed late last year ready for redevelopment. But don’t worry, the Avon Street car park is due for demolition later this year as well. It says there’s going to be a temporary car park, possibly on the site of the coach park, whilst a new underground one is built on the current site.

The coach park has been replaced by 10 on street bays dotted around Bath and the coach parking at Odd Down.

 
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Somebody showed me a picture today of the area that used to be Bath coach park. Wheres the last time I saw it there was a building with toilet (closed a while ago as people don't need toilets in this digital age), a cafe and an undercover area to wait for the numerous coaches that Bath usually attracts it now consists of a leveled gravel area, all fenced off with a new pavement alongside it. This appears to be the local authorities latest ploy to try to discourage coaches from visiting bath as it's only a few years ago it was reduced in size and repurposed as a pickup/drop off point. Plus any visiting coaches now have to be Euro 6 or pay a fine.

If it was poorly used this would be understandable however (in normal years) the facilities are often overrun with visiting tours.

In better news these visitors will be able to drive to Bath using vehicles of any age as cars don't cause pollution, and if they cant afford cars then the local authority would prefer they went somewhere else.

Of course it might be that the local authority have been tipped off by central government that there isn't going to be a resumption of the tourist industry, so no need to visit Bath every again!
Well I am not totally convinced that doing away with Riverside Coach Park was a good move.

The North Quays Redevelopment, part of which will be built on the old coach park, will provide up to 200,000 square feet of new office space. Well many office staff will be working from home now so much of that new space will probably prove to be redundant. Perhaps it could be built as dual purpose and be convertible to student accommodation!

Back in more normal times I lost count of the number of confused, lost and anxious tourists who have asked me for directions to Riverside Coach Park. If we ever return to more normal times and I am asked for directions, I will have to ask which is their pick-up point. Terrace Walk, North Parade, James Street West, Pulteney Road or Royal Avenue? By the time we’ve established that their coach will have long gone!
 

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Back in the day when it was a full coach park!

If the Bath Xmas market is on later this year, I can imagine it's either going to be carnage, or just the numbers will be way down, the last one may have been the last busy session otherwise!

I always enjoyed going up to Avon Street when the Xmas market was on, a wide range of vehicles from Wales, doubtful to see a collection of old Bova's and Plaxton's there again :(
 
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