Thousands use High Wycombe Coachway in year one

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Thousands of passengers used National Express services from the High Wycombe Coachway in the first year of it opening.

A total of 7,122 passengers hopped on or off a National Express coach at the High Wycombe Coachway, which opened at the end of January 2016.

Services between Handy Cross and London, Birmingham, Oxford and Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports were the most popular during the first year.

People can also travel to destinations including Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee Coventry, Hatfield and Hemel Hempsted from the High Wycombe Coachway.

The Park-and-Ride service, which runs between Handy Cross and High Wycombe town centre every 15 minutes, is also based at the Coachway.

Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Growth and Regeneration Cllr Roger Wilson said: “We are delighted with the response to the National Express services to and from the High Wycombe Coachway.

“The services have made it even easier for residents of the district to travel and to access the major airports, while also bringing people from all over the country to visit and explore our wonderful district – it has been a hugely successful first year.”

National Express Managing Director Chris Hardy said: "The High Wycombe Coachway is a real success story and we are thrilled to have welcomed thousands of people on board during the first year.

“Clearly people are voting with their feet to take advantage of cost-effective coach travel and we will continue to work closely with the council to provide a first class customer experience."

The Coachway is part of the Wycombe District Council-developed Handy Cross Hub site, which includes the Wycombe Leisure Centre and Waitrose supermarket.

The leisure centre had an equally successful first year – with almost a quarter-of-a-million visits and the number of members increasing 44 percent on its predecessor.

The council is currently working on plans for the rest of the site, which has outline planning permission for 120,000 sq ft of office space and a 150 bed hotel next to Waitrose along the frontage of the M40 motorway.

The old Wycombe Sports Centre site is also due to be actively marketed, with planning consent in place for a further 220,000 sq ft of office space.

Meanwhile, the council is finalising plans for a day nursery adjacent to the main spine road. The aim is to begin construction later this year.

Visit www.wycombe.gov.uk for more information about the Handy Cross Hub.