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Over 7,000 passengers used High Wycombe Coachway in the first year of operation

| March 7, 2017

A total of 7,122 passengers hopped on or off a National Express coach at the High Wycombe Coachway during its first year of operation.

The coachway, which opened at the end of January 2016, is a calling point for National Express coach services to destinations such as Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee Coventry, Hatfield and Hemel Hempsted.

The most popular services in the first year of operation were those operating between Handy Cross and London, Birmingham, Oxford and Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports.

Also based at the coachway site is the Park-and-Ride service which runs between Handy Cross and High Wycombe town centre every 15 minutes.

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 X Hub site, which also includes the Wycombe Leisure Centre and Waitrose supermarket.

The leisure centre had an equally successful first year with almost a 250,000 visits and the number of members increasing 44% on its predecessor.

Wycombe District 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 Wycombe District Council is finalising plans for a day nursery adjacent to the main spine road. The aim is to begin construction later this year.

Further information on the Handy Cross Hub can be found at www.wycombe.gov.uk.

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