Victoria Coach Station

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Victoria Coach Station Bus interchange
Victoria Coach Station is located in Central London
Victoria Coach Station
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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For the bus station, see Victoria bus station. For the nearby coach station, see Green Line Coach Station.
Victoria Coach Station Bus interchange
Victoria Coach Station is located in Central London
Victoria Coach Station
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] The building was listed at Grade II by English Heritage on 1 September 2014.[3]

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.[4]

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.[4][5]

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 (13,000 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.[6]

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