Will Victoria Coach Station be relocated? Listed Art Deco site of London’s biggest bus depot estimated to be worth as much as £150m
Victoria Coach Station could be closed and moved to a new location out of central London under plans being discussed by transport bosses.
The redevelopment of the surrounding area means that the site in Belgravia, the capital’s main coach terminal used by 14 million passengers a year, is no longer seen as viable.
Nearly a quarter of a million coaches arrive and depart annually from the 87-year-old depot, serving 1,200 destinations in the UK and 400 foreign cities.
However, its central location means that passengers often suffer delays reaching the outskirts of London, particularly during rush hours.
Options being looked at include a site owned by Transport for London at Royal Oak, near Paddington Station, or even several mini-stations scattered around London.
Any move would free up 3.3 acres of land for development in one of London’s most expensive neighbourhoods.
The freehold is owned by the Duke of Westminster’s property company Grosvenor Group although TfL are thought to hold a lease over part of the site.
The Art Deco terminal building has been Grade II listed since 2014 and could not be demolished, but property experts believe the site could be worth as much as £150 million.
A TfL spokesman said: “We know that we need to adapt operations at Victoria Coach Station as the area is likely to change.
“No decisions have been made on a location and we are looking at a wide range of options across London that ensure the city is adequately served by coaches, while allowing them to operate more efficiently and reduce both pollution and road danger.”
However, the potential move to Royal Oak has alarmed some local residents who fear it will worsen congestion in the area.
Westminster’s cabinet member for environment and city management, Councillor Tim Mitchell, confirmed the council was in “ongoing discussions” with TfL about the proposal, adding: “We have set out our concerns that we are not convinced that Royal Oak or central London is the right place.”