Victoria Coach Station celebrates 85th anniversaryVictoria Coach Station celebrates 85th anniversary
Victoria Coach Station opened its doors to visitors for its 85th anniversary last month. The iconic Art Deco station, which is operated by Transport for London, hosted a display of heritage vehicles from every decade since 1930 to mark Britain’s history of coach travel.
Designed by the renowned Art Deco architects Wallis, Gilbert and Partners, Victoria Coach Station was officially opened to the public on 10 March 1932. The station was initially operated by London Coastal Coaches and quickly became a major transport hub.
In 1992, Victoria Coach Station was made step-free, and six years later, it became a part of London Transport, the precursor to TfL. In 2014, the station was given Grade II-listed status in recognition of its national historic interest.
Today, Victoria Coach Station remains a gateway to destinations across the UK and numerous cities in Europe, with 13.4 million passengers passing through each year.
Visitors to the 85th Anniversary Festival had a chance to explore a dozen heritage coaches, which were on display over three days.
“Victoria Coach Station is an icon of British Art Deco design and only continues to increase in popularity,” says Mark Geldard, general manager, Victoria Coach Station.