Destinations including London Victoria, Birmingham, Heathrow Airport and Glasgow will be a coach ride away when National Express begins running services from the new High Wycombe Coachway at Handy Cross next month.
The town will benefit from 11 new National Express services departing from the Handy X Hub development every day – a total of 19 routes.
The Wycombe District Council-built coachway opens on Tuesday 5th January 2016.
New direct connections will mean faster journey times, fewer changes and open up the entire National Express network to residents of the Wycombe district.
Facilities at the new coachway include a heated waiting area, real-time passenger information. A coffee shop will follow later in 2016.
In February 2016, the Park & Ride transfers to the site from its current location in Cressex. The exact date of the move is yet to be announced.
Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration Cllr Roger Wilson said: ‘We are delighted that National Express services will stop at the new High Wycombe Coachway – part of the council’s fantastic Handy X Hub project.
Not only does it make it easier for our residents to travel to airports and enjoy days out in major cities, it will also mean people from all over the country will be coming the other way to visit our wonderful district.‘
The 11 new services are in addition the eight existing daily services which depart from the High Wycombe bus station at the Eden Shopping Centre – meaning residents will enjoy 19 daily National Express coach services from High Wycombe every day.
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: ‘Thanks to the construction of the High Wycombe Coachway, National Express will double its services to High Wycombe, adding a whole host of new direct connections to key destinations such as Heathrow Airport and London Victoria.
This all-new facility will mean passengers can enjoy faster journey times, fewer changes and increased convenience bringing affordable travel to more people than ever before.‘
The coach operator will continue to lay on services to Oxford, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield, Luton Airport and Stansted Airport.
There will be eight coaches a day from the Handy X Hub to Coventry via Birmingham – where people can connect to Manchester and Liverpool.
Further services will travel to Wolverhampton, Warwick, Dudley and Heathrow Airport – taking in the Central Bus Station, Terminal 4, Terminal 5 – as well as Gatwick Airport; North and South Terminals six times a day.
Residents will be able to travel directly to London Victoria Coach Station five times a day, while there will be two coaches to Stratford Upon Avon.
There will also be a long-haul service to Aberdeen via Dundee, Glasgow, Hamilton, Carlisle and Leamington Spa.
Phase one of the wider Handy X Hub development includes the state-of-the-art new Wycombe Leisure Centre, which opens in early January 2016 and a huge 25,000 sq ft Waitrose supermarket which opens in the spring.
A three-star hotel and office developments are expected to be built as part of phase two of the council’s project.
Further information about the Handy X Hub can be found on the Wycombe District Council Website.
Service information can be found on the National Express website.