Romsey is Hampshire’s first coach-friendly town

Romsey has been declared Hampshire’s first coach-friendly town.

The town has been accredited with the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) Coach Friendly Town Status.

This comes hot on the heels of Romsey’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) winning the Gold Award for best visitor information centre in southern England and being entered into the national Visit England awards. The VIC caters for 55,000 visitors each year and supports tourism businesses across Test Valley.

The coach-friendly accolade is the culmination of several years’ work and is a great achievement for the town.

In 2016 the Council, in response to feedback from Romsey Future’s Tourism Group, invested in four new coach parking bays at Romsey Rapids.

Over the past 12 months, the Council has worked closely with the CPT to install a comprehensive set of new traffic signs guiding coach drivers into Romsey from all four points of the compass to a new drop-off point in the heart of the town centre at Broadwater Road and onwards to the parking bays at the Rapids.

The Council is keen to start working with the CPT to encourage more coach visits to Romsey.  Last year VIC staff welcomed 28 coaches and this number is set to rise. If the tour companies let us know in advance, the VIC staff will “meet and greet” visitors with local information leaflets, including the Test Valley Visitor Guide, and give them a special Romsey welcome!

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