Prince Charles met transport workers and ‘net-zero heroes’ during a visit to the new Exeter Bus Station ahead of its opening on Sunday, July 25.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales spoke with long-service bus drivers and discussed their efforts during the pandemic.
He heard from apprentice builders and staff involved in the construction of the neighbouring St Sidwell’s Point ultra-low carbon leisure centre, which will open later this year.
Some of those involved in the city council’s ambition to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 also met the prince.
As did staff from the Live and Move Sport England pilot, dedicated to tackling health inequalities and supporting active travel, and representatives from Co-Cars, which hires out low-emission vehicles and electric bikes.
Stagecoach’s longest-serving bus driver Mike Prowse, who has worked for the company for almost 60 years, was showed Charles a restored vintage bus, originally used in 1961, alongside Stagecoach’s latest model.
His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit before departing.
Exeter City Council Phil Bialyk said: “To be able to demonstrate to Prince Charles some of the things that are happening in Exeter to deliver our Net Zero 2030 aspirations was absolutely fantastic.
“He was also able to see the brand new Exeter Bus Station, which will be open next week, and our state-of-the-art low energy leisure centre St Sidwell’s Point, which will open later in the year.
“We have a great story to tell here in Exeter, and it was fantastic to be able to tell that story to the future King of England.
“It was an amazing day, and I am so pleased that he was able to find the time to visit us and discover more about what’s happening here in Exeter.”
The visit was organised under the banner of Exeter Live Better – putting quality of life at the heart of decisions for the people of Exeter.