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Transport for London (TfL) has launched a new map, which provides coach drivers with information about parking in the capital.

The map also indicates how special arrangements can be made outside popular tourist attractions and includes general advice on driving in London.

The publication comes as TfL trials the use of dual purpose parking bays which are primarily loading bays and can also be used to set down and pick up coach passengers.

Groups can expect the opening of five new dedicated coach parking bays this year. Two will open on Park Lane and three will open on the Albert Embankment.

TfL has also announced plans to increase the permitted parking time at 21 of London’s 27 short stay bays – from 20 minutes to 60.

This will enable drivers to use them when taking their 45-minute rest period as required by law.

Ben Plowden, TfL's director of surface strategy and planning, said: “This new map is being delivered in time to help during the busiest time of the year for the coach and tourism industry.

“We want to make it easier to drive and park a coach in central London because we recognise that tourism makes a major contribution to our economy and we will support that as much as possible.”

Plowden also explained that TfL is working continuously to improve on-street provision for coaches and looking at innovative ways to make the best use of available space.

Coach drivers are encouraged to check the new map and the Transport for London website regularly before they travel to keep pace with those changes.

Simon Posner, chief executive of the confederation of passenger transport (CPT), also commented:

“This map is really the 'Parking Bible' for all coach drivers in London and I would like to thank and congratulate all those involved in its production. There is no doubt that London needs coaches so we have to remember that coaches need somewhere to park.”

Group travel organisers and coach drivers can view the new map here:

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(Photo credit: VisitEngland and Diana Jarvis).