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Coach Friendly Status

{Play}High-StreetOn Monday, 21 June Marlborough became the first town to receive coach friendly status since the pandemic began.

Updated 25 June: Marlborough got a mention in Parliament on 24 June! - 

The summer solstice weather may have been gloomy, but it didn't put the dampers on the significance of this achievement for Marlborough.

Coach Passenger Transport UK has been running the Coach Friendly Scheme since 2003 and John Burch, South West Regional Manager, handed over the official certificate to the town today.  Happy to receive it were the Town Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper, Danny Kruger MP and his aide Ed Mather, Kim Wakeham from the Merchant's House Trust, David Andrews, Chief Executive of VisitWiltshire, Town Clerk, Richard Spencer-Williams, Belinda Richardson, the town's Tourism Officer and Councillor Jo Waltham who liaises with Great West Way.  

Marlborough has always been an important stop on the coaching route and today's award underlined the importance of that tradition right through to the present day.  A

John Burch explained the scheme recognises partnership working to make destinations more attractive for coaches - key features will include convenient coach parking locations, pick up and set down points close to the attractions, good toilet and refreshment facilities and signage to name a few.  With the town being on the Great West Way it is hoped this award will bring more visitors to enjoy the many wonderful shops, cafes and sights that Marlborough offers.

Our Mayor emphasised the importance of coach parties in building a buoyant local tourism economy, supporting local traders and turning visitor attractions into successful businesses.

Belinda Richardson, the Tourism Officer who has been working with all parties to achieve Coach Friendly Status for the town was thrilled and proud to receive this accolade. This is not handed out lightly but awarded to cities and towns that show real commitment to working with and welcoming coaches to make their towns must-visit destinations.

Our thanks to Matt Barnes for providing everyone with the first symbolic coach trip to the High Street ,and also to the Polly Tea Rooms for providing refreshments to our first official Coach Friendly visitors - even if they did only travel there from the coach park!  

The new Visitor Information Point near the Coach Park provides maps, leaflets and ideas for our visitors too - however they arrive.



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