Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is advising coach operators of new arrangements for coach parking.
With immediate effect, coaches can park from 9am-5pm Monday to Sunday for £22 at the Arriva Short Street depot. Drivers are required to book a space in advance by calling 01702 442407 between 9am and 12 noon Monday to Friday.
Included with coach parking bookings is a voucher to be redeemed for a free lunch at Pebbles Café on the seafront (10-15 minute walk), details of will be printed on booking confirmation vouchers. Further information is available on the Visit Southend website.
On the day of their visit, coach drivers should follow the blue route on the map to drop off your group at one of the great attractions or drop off points*. Then park at Arriva depot following the orange route. The depot also has coach vehicle washing facilities for £10 per vehicle.
Scott Dolling, Director of Culture, Tourism and Property at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said: “Southend-on-Sea is a great destination for coaches and groups. Its famous seaside stretches seven miles and boasts great attractions, include the world’s longest pleasure pier, and many have special rates for groups.
“With several drop-off points along the seafront, drivers will still be able to drop off passengers close to the beach and main attractions, park up securely and then walk back to the seafront for a free lunch.”
Andy Warrender of CPT UK, the body that represents bus and coach operators, said: “We have been working closely with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and our members over the past few months to ensure that suitable coach parking and set-down/pick-up points were provided in Southend following the recent withdrawal of coach parking at the Seaway car park.
“We are pleased to learn that the new facility on Short Street, provided by one of our bus operator members, Arriva, allows coaches to park safely and securely in a location close to many of the town’s main attractions.”
Anthony Comber from Arriva said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to provide new coach parking facilities. The coach trade plays a vital role in supporting Southend’s economy, enabling thousands of visitors every year to make happy memories at the town’s famous beaches and attractions.
“We are confident that the new offer, free lunch and facilities will be well received by the coach industry and we look forward to welcoming more drivers as the summer season approaches.”