Work is starting on two new visitor coach stops at Derry’s Cross roundabout.
The area around the pavements at Derry’s Cross is being re-engineered to provide two dedicated locations for coaches to pick up and drop off passengers. There will also be waiting shelters to ensure passengers have somewhere dry to wait.
The Council has contracted Roadform Civil Engineering Limited to carry out the work which has been programmed to run over the school holidays to minimise any impact on traffic. The coach bays will be able to accommodate up to five coaches at any time and have been designed to provide a safe boarding /alighting zone for continental coaches which have the doors on the offside, through the use of new road markings.
Whilst scheduled – city to city – coaches provided by National Express, Megabus and the SW Falcon will use the new coach station, other visitor coaches will use this site as well as the existing facilities on the Barbican.
The Council worked closely with the trade representative body, the Confederation of Passenger Transport, to make sure both passengers and the coach companies are catered for.
Coach parking and driver facilities will be offered on a commercial basis by Citybus and Stagecoach at their depots at Milehouse and The Ride.
Work is progressing well on the new coach station at Mayflower Street, which will be operated by National Express. The new coach station will open on 8 September and will replace the one at Bretonside which is closing to enable work on a £42 million leisure complex to start.