Published: 23/09/2010 10:52 - Updated: 14/02/2013 11:05

New Coachway to open on December 13

The new Coachway
The new Coachway
The swanky new Coachway will open to the public on December 13 - nearly two years behind schedule.
 
Originally due to open in January 2009, the build on Brook Furlong at Junction 14 on the M1 only started in July last year due to a shortfall in the budget.
 
The project then hit a series of snags which meant the unveiling had to be put back again.
 
But now the building has entered the final stage of development this week, with Milton Keynes Council handing over to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to start the final fit-out work, a date of December 13 has officially been set.
 
Tim Roxburgh, Director of the HCA’s Milton Keynes Partnership, said, “The Milton Keynes Coachway is one of the busiest coach interchange in the country and is an important gateway into the city. This new facility provides passengers with a comfortable and safe environment while travelling.”
 
Cllr Vanessa McPake, cabinet member for Transport, said: “I’m delighted to be handing over the building to the HCA. This is a milestone in the development of the Coachway. I look forward to the formal opening.”
 
Stuart Parker, Property Director for National Express said, “We are delighted that we are now able to commence the final fit out and look forward to providing a high quality facility for customers.”
 
The building features a roof canopy giving a covered external seating area for passengers in addition to a new indoor heated waiting area with customer information screens, a café, shop and ticket office.
 
The Coachway is also a gateway for commuters to travel to central Milton Keynes and on to other local destinations. The site will have staffed 24-hour security and a CCTV-covered parking area.
 
The final fit-out work includes the completion of signage, lighting and the fittings for the retail units.
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