Vale of Rheidol is officially Coach Friendly

Will Smith (l) accepts Coach Friendly status from Ian Luckett

Aberystwyth’s Vale of Rheidol Railway has gained the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT)’s coveted Coach Friendly Status.

The status is designed to recognise and reward tourist attractions that go the extra mile to provide a warm welcome to groups arriving by coach.

Vale of Rheidol’s Will Smith says: “At the moment, around 30 tourist attractions in the UK have received this award. We are really pleased to have joined this elite group.”

The award was presented by CPT President Ian Luckett at the CPT’s Wales Coach Commission conference in Aberystwyth.

The scenic railway’s commitment to coach tourism was recognised in 2016 when it won the Heritage Railway of the Year category in the National Coach Tourism Awards (now the British Coach Tourism Awards). It was also a finalist in 2017.

Coach Friendly status guarantees exceptional coach, driver and passenger facilities; dedicated coach tours information online; clear directions for coaches; and dedicated coach parking.

The Coach Friendly Visitor attraction status was launched in 2016 to complement CPT’s Coach Friendly Towns, Cities & Villages status.

For a list of status holders, visit