Victoria Coach Station

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Victoria Coach Station Bus interchange
Victoria Coach Station is located in Central London
Victoria Coach Station
Location within Central London
Location
Locale164 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 9TP
Local authorityCity of Westminster
Coordinates51°29′35″N 0°08′55″W / 51.4931°N 0.1486°W / 51.4931; -0.1486Coordinates: 51°29′35″N 0°08′55″W / 51.4931°N 0.1486°W / 51.4931; -0.1486
Operation
Opened1932
Managed byTransport for London
No. of stands22
Travel centreYes
Rail connectionVictoria railway station or London Underground station 300 metres away
Annual usage190,000 (departures)
 
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Victoria Coach Station Bus interchange
Victoria Coach Station is located in Central London
Victoria Coach Station
Location within Central London
Location
Locale164 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 9TP
Local authorityCity of Westminster
Coordinates51°29′35″N 0°08′55″W / 51.4931°N 0.1486°W / 51.4931; -0.1486Coordinates: 51°29′35″N 0°08′55″W / 51.4931°N 0.1486°W / 51.4931; -0.1486
Operation
Opened1932
Managed byTransport for London
No. of stands22
Travel centreYes
Rail connectionVictoria railway station or London Underground station 300 metres away
Annual usage190,000 (departures)
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Victoria Coach Station is the largest coach station in London. It serves long distance coach services and is also the departure point for many countryside coach tours originating from London. It should not be confused with the nearby Green Line Coach Station or the Victoria bus station, which serves London Buses. It is operated by Victoria Coach Station Limited[1] a subsidiary of Transport for London.

History[edit]

Victoria Coach Station was opened at its present site in Buckingham Palace Road, London, in 1932, by London Coastal Coaches, an association of coach operators. The building is in a distinctive Art Deco style, the architects for which were Wallis, Gilbert and Partners.[2]

It was originally managed by London Coastal Coaches, a consortium of coach operators. In 1970 it became a subsidiary of the National Bus Company.[2]

In 1988 ownership of Victoria Coach Station Limited was transferred to London Transport. In 2000 ownership passed to Transport for London.

People[edit]

Rough sleepers masquerade as travellers waiting for a coach, so they can sleep indoors.[3]

Travellers are offered help with their bags by luggage porters. They are licensed, but not employed by Transport for London. All of their income is in the form of tips from travellers.[3][4]

Operation[edit]

Victoria Coach Station has separate arrival and departure terminals which are located on opposite sides of Elizabeth Street. The main departures building includes food outlets, shops, left luggage facilities and ticketing. Services are operated by National Express, Eurolines, iDBUS, Megabus and Oxford Express.

There are 21 departure gates with the site covering 3.3 acres (13,400 m2). Ten million passengers use the station annually with services to 1,200 destinations in the UK and 400 in mainland Europe.[2]

Future developments[edit]

The freeholder of the site, the Grosvenor Group has announced that it wishes to redevelop the site, and relocate the coach station elsewhere in the Capital.[5]

Services[edit]

Route NumberOriginIntermediate stopsDestinationOperator
007LondonGillingham, CanterburyDoverNational Express
010LondonCambridgeNational Express
021LondonMaidstone, Ashford, FolkestoneDoverNational Express
022LondonWhitstable, Herne Bay, MargateRamsgateNational Express
023LondonTunbridge WellsHastingsNational Express
024LondonEast Grinstead, Uckfield, EastbourneHastingsNational Express
025LondonLondon Gatwick AirportBrightonNational Express
027LondonLondon Gatwick Airport, Crawley, Horsham, Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor RegisChichesterNational Express
030LondonGuildford, PortsmouthSouthseaNational Express
031LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Aldershot, Alton, Eastleigh, FarehamPortsmouthNational Express
032LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton, FarehamPortsmouthNational Express
032LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Winchester, Southampton, LymingtonChristchurchNational Express
032LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Basingstoke, SouthamptonBournemouthNational Express
032LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Basingstoke, SouthamptonSalisburyNational Express
033LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Andover, Salisbury, Gillingham (Dorset)YeovilNational Express
035LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Southampton, BournemouthPooleNational Express
035LondonBournemouth, DorchesterWeymouthNational Express
040LondonBristol, Weston-super-MareBurnham-on-SeaNational Express
121LondonGillingham, Canterbury, Dover, Calais (France)Paris (France)Eurolines
122LondonGillingham, Dover, Calais (France)Paris (France)Eurolines
124/129LondonParis Charles de Gaulle Airport (France)Paris (France)Eurolines
140LondonLille (France), Brussels (Belgium), Rotterdam (Netherlands), The Hague (Netherlands)Amsterdam (Netherlands)Eurolines
163LondonHythe Stop 24 (Great-Britain), Lille (France), Brussels (Belgium), Frankfurt/Main Hbf (Germany), Mannheim Heinrich-von-Stephan-Straße near Hbf (Germany), Karlsruhe Hbf Southside (Germany), Stuttgart-Obertürkheim ZOB Hafenbahnstraße (Germany), Ulm Hbf (Germany), Augsburg Hbf (Germany)Munich ZOB Hackerbrücke (Germany)Eurolines
170LondonLille (France), Brussels (Belgium), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Bielefeld (Germany), Hannover (Germany), Braunschweig (Germany)Berlin (Germany)Eurolines
402LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Newbury, Hungerford, Froxfield, Marlborough, Beckhampton, Devizes, Melksham, TrowbridgeFromeNational Express
403LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Swindon, ChippenhamBathNational Express
404LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Reading, Chippenham, Bath, Bristol Airport, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Torquay, Paignton, Totnes, Plymouth, Liskeard, St Austell, Truro, Redruth, Camborne, HaylePenzanceNational Express
406LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Bridgwater, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth, BodminNewquayNational Express
420LondonSolihullBirminghamNational Express
420LondonCoventry, Birmingham, Dudley,WolverhamptonNational Express
420LondonBirmingham, Walsall, CannockStaffordNational Express
420LondonBirmingham, Telford, Shrewsbury, Welshpool, NewtownAberystwythNational Express
420LondonBirmingham, Telford, Shrewsbury, OswestryWrexhamNational Express
421LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Chester, Ellesmere Port, Birkenhead, Liverpool, Preston, Blackpool, Lancaster, Penrith, Glasgow, Aberdeen,InvernessNational Express
422LondonLondon Luton Airport, Luton, Milton Keynes, Coventry, Birmingham International Airport, Birmingham, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Manchester Airport, Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Blackburn, AccringtonBurnleyNational Express
425LondonMilton Keynes, Leeds, Harrogate, Ripon, Darlington, DurhamNewcastle upon TyneNational Express
426LondonMilton Keynes, Doncaster, York, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, SunderlandSouth ShieldsNational Express
440LondonMilton Keynes, Leicester, Loughborough, Derby, Matlock, Bakewell, Buxton, New MillsManchesterNational Express
440LondonLeicester, Coalville, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, SwadlincoteBurton-upon-TrentNational Express
444LondonReading, Swindon, Cirencester, CheltenhamGloucesterNational Express
447LondonPeterborough, Grantham, Newark-on-TrentLincolnNational Express
448LondonPeterboroughStamfordNational Express
448LondonPeterborough, Sleaford, CleethorpesGrimsbyNational Express
449LondonPeterborough, Spalding, Boston, SkegnessMablethorpeNational Express
450LondonMilton Keynes, Nottingham, Mansfield, WorksopRetfordNational Express
455LondonMilton KeynesNorthamptonNational Express
465LondonNottingham, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Barnsley, Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, HalifaxHuddersfieldNational Express
481LondonChelmsford, IpswichFelixstoweNational Express
484LondonColchesterClacton-on-SeaNational Express
490LondonThetford, NorwichGreat YarmouthNational Express
497LondonNewmarket, Bury St Edmunds, LowestoftGreat YarmouthNational Express
500LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Exeter, Plymouth, Liskeard, St Austell, Truro, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle, St IvesPenzanceNational Express
501LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Reading, Bridgwater, Taunton, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Torquay, PaigntonTotnesNational Express
504LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Reading, Plymouth, Liskeard, St Austell, Truro, Falmouth, HelstonPenzanceNational Express
505LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Reading, Plymouth, BodminNewquayNational Express
508LondonChepstow, Bridgend, Neath, SwanseaLlanelliNational Express
508LondonReading, Chepstow, Bridgend, Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthen, Tenby, Pembroke, Pembroke DockHaverfordwestNational Express
509LondonNewport, CardiffSwanseaNational Express
509LondonCardiff, Pontypridd, Merthyr TydfilAberdareNational Express
540LondonMilton Keynes, BirminghamManchesterNational Express
540LondonManchester, Bolton, Blackburn, AccringtonBurnleyNational Express
540LondonMilton Keynes, Manchester, Oldham, RochdaleBuryNational Express
545LondonMilton Keynes, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Chester, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Bangor, Caernarfon, PorthmadogPwllheliNational Express
550LondonBirmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, WarringtonLiverpoolNational Express
560LondonMilton Keynes, Chesterfield, SheffieldBarnsleyNational Express
560LondonMilton Keynes, Chesterfield, SheffieldRotherhamNational Express
561LondonMilton Keynes, LeedsBradfordNational Express
561LondonMilton Keynes, Leeds, Bradford, Shipley, KeighleySkiptonNational Express
561LondonMilton Keynes, Leeds, HarrogateRiponNational Express
561LondonMilton Keynes, LeedsYorkNational Express
562LondonMilton Keynes, Doncaster, ScunthorpeHullNational Express
563LondonMilton Keynes, York, Bridlington, ScarboroughWhitbyNational Express
564LondonMilton Keynes, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Dewsbury, HuddersfieldHalifaxNational Express
570LondonMilton Keynes, Birmingham, St Helens, PrestonBlackpoolNational Express
570LondonMilton Keynes, Birmingham, Preston, Lancaster, Kendal, Windermere, Keswick, Cockermouth, WorkingtonWhitehavenNational Express
588LondonMilton Keynes, Penrith, Lockerbie, Glasgow, Stirling, Perth, Pitlochrie, AviemoreInvernessNational Express
590LondonMilton Keynes, Carlisle, Hamilton, Glasgow, Perth, DundeeAberdeenNational Express
591LondonMilton Keynes, Newcastle upon Tyne, Morpeth, Alnwick, Berwick-upon-TweedEdinburghNational Express
592LondonLondon Heathrow Airport, Carlisle, Hamilton, Glasgow, DundeeAberdeenNational Express
871LondonLuton, Milton Keynes, Coventry, Birmingham, HolyheadDublin (Ireland)Eurolines
890LondonReading, Bristol, Pembroke Dock, Waterford (Ireland), Dungarvan (Ireland),Cork (city) (Ireland)Eurolines
920LondonMilton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Carlisle, Dumfries, Stranraer, CairnryanBelfastEurolines
A6LondonLondon Stansted AirportNational Express
M1LondonCoventryBirminghamMegabus
M2LondonWinchester, RingwoodBournemouthMegabus
M6LondonExeter, Plymouth, NewquayPenzanceMegabus
M7LondonNewportCardiffMegabus
M10LondonNewportCwmbranMegabus
M11LondonManchester, Preston, Glasgow, DundeeAberdeenMegabus
M12LondonSheffield, Leeds, Middlesbrough, SunderlandNewcastle upon TyneMegabus
M14LondonReading, Swindon, GloucesterCheltenhamMegabus
M15LondonChesterLiverpoolMegabus
M16LondonBirmingham, ManchesterPrestonMegabus
X90LondonMarble Arch, Baker Street, HillingdonOxfordOxford Bus Company
LondonGare de Lille EuropeGare de BercyiDBUS
LondonCharles de Gaulle AirportLyoniDBUS

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 205610 Victoria Coach Station Limited
  2. ^ a b c "Victoria Coach Station and Hitler. Celebrating 75 years of service". Transport for London. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Gateway to London" (in English). The Route Masters: Running London's Roads. Episode 4. 2013-07-16. 60 minutes in. BBC. BBC Two. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0379n2p. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
  4. ^ "Station facilities". Transport for London. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  5. ^ Spittles, David (August 21,2013). "Victoria's £2-billion transformation as its coach station becomes a cultural quarter with homes, shops and arts venues". London Evening Standard (London). Retrieved August 21, 2013. 

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