Coach Park Fear
Councillor Phil Bateman said today " My constituents are complaining to me about the poor state of the Council owned Coach Park at Faulkner Street Wolverhampton.
They complain that passengers waiting or being dropped off at the Coach Park are being hassled by aggressive beggars and other types of persons requesting money and generally acting in a very frightening manner. Also there is a lack of facilities in the form of any telephone box and they also believe that there is adequate lighting and security.
In short that means there is no way passengers can communicate with taxis friends/families or the police in the case of an emergency.Currently the whole site is described as being intimidating, especially late at night for all categories of passengers, young or old. The Coach Park is a very poor facility for those waiting for family and friends, and a very difficult one for coach passengers. There is no taxi rank and of course the journey away from the coach park for passengers wanting to use either public transport or taxi facilities is very difficult. The walk is excessive to either the bus station, rail station, or Metro stop and pensioners with luggage find it very rigorous and demanding. Crossing the Ring Road and other major City Centre roads to make your way to the City's transport hubs is not a journey to take if you are ill old or not fully fit!
There is a real need to think this issue through. We probably need a new coach station closer to the interchange facilities in the City in the medium to long term, but in the meantime security and telephone facilities need to be introduced into the current council owned facility with some urgency.
I am keen that we provide Wolverhampton City with a better first image than is currently the case for users of coaches for holidays,day trips and general use."
What story do you have about Faulkner Street Coach Park email Phil with your comment.?
Author: Phil Bateman
Article Date: 15th June 2003