Sunday, March 12, 2017

Victoria coach station 85th anniversary

In March 2017 Victoria coach station in London celebrates its 85th anniversary. This was marked by a 3 day coach festival from 1-12 March.

The coach station is in an imposing art deco building dating to the 1930s. It is located on the corner of Buckingham Palace Road and Elizabeth Street, just down the road from Victoria rail station. The building and the canopy behind covering a significant part of the coach departure area are Grade 2 listed by Historic England.

From the Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust - "The coach station, originally conceived, constructed and operated by a consortium of coach operators coming together under the banner of London Coastal Coaches Ltd, is now owned and operated by Transport for London."

The three-day Coach Festival featured vehicles from every decade since the grand opening on 10th March 1932. Some of the coaches were on display -

There was also a modern Megabus sleeper bus. This runs between London and Scotland. Double and single berths -

Across Buckingham Palace Road from the coach station is The National Audit Office

From Geograph - "This building was previously the Imperial Airways Empire Terminal. Construction of the building, which was designed by the architect Albert Lakeman, started in1938 and finished the following year. It is in the art deco / art moderne style and is Grade II listed. The terminal provided train connections to flying boats at Southampton and to the since closed Croydon Airport. The terminal operated as recently as 1980. The statue, "Speed Wings over the World" is by Eric Broadbent."