Coach friendly award handed to Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD has become the first town in the East Midlands region to be crowned ‘coach friendly’.

The accolade was awarded by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, the trade association representing the UK’s bus, coach and light rail industries.

Organisers said the award recognised towns and authorities which ‘go that extra mile to encourage and accommodate coach tourism.’

Cllr Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Chesterfield with its crooked spire, markets, theatres and tourist attractions has always attracted visitors.

“I am delighted that CPT has recognised the work that has gone into making the town centre a popular tourist attraction.

“We have introduced measures including reserved parking for coaches, town centre guides and tours for passengers as well as proper rest facilities for drivers.

“We received more than 500 coach parties to the town in 2012 and we look forward to receiving many more this year.”