Coach passengers will find Dundee ‘open’, vows council

Councillor Lynne Short

Tourists who come to Dundee by coach to experience the city’s big events this year will find it open for business, according to the city council.

A spokesman said that as part of a drive to become recognised as a coach-friendly city, Dundee City Council has joined forces with the trade body, Confederation of Passenger Transport, (CPT) to create new drop-off/pick-up, unlimited stay and long term parking for coaches.

Lynne Short, convener of the council’s city development committee, welcomed the move.

She said: “People can choose any number of ways of getting here depending on their preference, budget and the amount of time available to them, and we will welcome them all with open arms.

“That’s why it’s crucial that we create facilities that make it easy for coach operators to get into the city, and to be able to pick- up/drop-off or park near to our many attractions.

“By summer we want to be recognised by the CPT as a coach-friendly city that is open for business and happy to help. Personal experience of travelling with tourists to major destinations means I am acutely aware of the services needed for coach drivers and guides.

“As well the opening of the V&A, The Open is in Carnoustie and we will host the World Karate Championships and major gigs at Slessor Gardens.

“Some of the new hotels will open for guests.”

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