PR Coaches from Southall, West London, has taken delivery of a 13.9m tri-axle Scania Irizar PB touring coach. It features 59 seats, an entertainment package, a centre sunken toilet, hot drinks facilities, a fridge and an air conditioning system. It is powered by a 470bhp engine coupled with a 12-speed automatic Opticruise transmission. The vehicle was re-sprayed to PR Coaches’ requirements by Mclellan & Sons and sign written by Edward Signs.
Scania (Great Britain) Ltd supplied the coach.
G-Line Holidays of Lytham St Annes has received a 12.9m Volvo B9R with Plaxton Panther bodywork. The coach has an air conditioning system, 53 seats and a centre sunken washroom. It will be used on the operator’s UK and continental holiday tours, as well as for private hires. G-Line proprietor, Ernie Bradshaw, said, ‘We have had good service from Plaxton coaches over the years and this is our third on the B9R underframe. It’s a first class combination, and popular with our customers.’
G-Line’s new Panther was supplied by Plaxton Coach Sales.
Derbyshire based Macpherson Coaches has added a Mercedes-Benz Tourismo to its fleet. Powered by a Mercedes-Benz OM457hLA Euro5 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, the coach has 49 seats, Luxline upholstery and a Professional Line 3 entertainment package.
Company Director, Neil Macpherson, said, ‘This is our first full size, fully automatic, Mercedes-Benz coach after having a range of mini and midi type Mercedes vehicles previously. Our new vehicle going into service will be used for touring and private hire use.’
Mercedes-Benz Coach Sales at EvoBus (UK) supplied the Tourismo.
Newcastleton based Telford’s Coaches has added a 12.9m Bova Futura 2 to its fleet. Powered by a DAF PR 360bhp engine matched to a ZF fully automatic gearbox, the coach has 57 seats, a centre sunken toilet, a CCTV system, a coolbox, a hot water boiler, an entertainment package and a forward facing camera. Moseley Distributors Ltd supplied the vehicle.
An 8.8m Wrightbus Streetlite has been received by Edwards Bros of Tiers Cross, Pembrokeshire. The single decker has 31 high back Lazzerini seats, two tip ups in the wheelchair bay, Mobitec LED destination equipment and a Cummins engine coupled to a Voith gearbox.
The bus was supplied by Mistral Bus & Coach Plc.
Evening buses on service 70 running between Walsall and Bloxwich via Birchills, Beechdale, Sainsbury’s Store, Leamore and Dudley’s Fields will be operated by Arriva Midlands from 9 June 2013. During the day it is run by National Express West Midlands. The contract for the route was awarded by West Midlands transport authority, Centro. The operator’s new range of saver tickets for the Black Country area will be valid on the route. Communications Manager for Arriva Midlands, Keith Myatt, said, ‘We’re pleased to be working in partnership once again with Centro following the award of this contract to run evening buses on service 70.’
Stagecoach carried a Royal passenger recently as the Queen sampled the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway as part of a visit to the county. She has been pictured boarding one of the Volvo B7RLE Wrightbus Eclipse single deckers operated by Stagecoach on the Busway. Contrary to reports in the national media, the bus ran on time.
A spokesperson from Stagecoach said, ‘On arrival at Cambridge Railway Station the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh met the awaiting crowd before boarding the Stagecoach single decker for the journey to Addenbrookes, using the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. Welcomed aboard by Stagecoach East MD, Andy Campbell, the Royal couple were clearly impressed by the quality of ride. It was a great day for the city of Cambridge and a very exciting day for our staff, not least Royal Bus Driver Mick Capper, who said he felt honoured to have had the opportunity to chauffeur such important guests.’