Londoners who have for decades benefited from having the capital’s coach travel hub based centrally, look set to suffer a massive inconvenience at the start of their journeys in future, if the land owners get their way and flog off Victoria Coach Station in a £150million property deal.
Victoria Coach Station has operated since 1932, and now is used by 14million passengers every year, who travel on 250,000 coaches to 1,200 destinations around Britain and 400 in continental Europe.
The Art Deco terminal building has been Grade II-listed since 2014 and could not be demolished, but it is owned by a property company run for one of Britain’s richest men, the Duke of Westminster, and according to a report in the Standard, the 3.3 acre site in the heart of Belgravia is ripe for redevelopment.
Transport for London, together with Westminster City Council, are considering alternative sites, including Royal Oak, near Paddington – which would be a significant additional schlep across central London for anyone from Croydon setting off on a long-distance coach journey.
“We know that we need to adapt operations at Victoria Coach Station as the area is likely to change,” TfL said this week.
“No decisions have been made on a location and we are looking at a wide range of options across London that ensure the city is adequately served by coaches, while allowing them to operate more efficiently and reduce both pollution and road danger.”
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