Doigs takes third Soroco

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Doigs of Glasgow has taken delivery of its third Mercedes-Benz 516CDi Ferqui Soroco. The vehicle is specified with 16 high back leather seats, two tables, curtains, an air conditioning system and a power door.

The vehicle was supplied by Connaught PSV of Doncaster.
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Boultons’ new Futura

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Boultons of Shropshire has taken delivery of a VDL Bova Futura FHD2 122.365PR. The coach has an 860litre fuel tank, a manual gearbox, 49/53 leather trimmed seats and a Bosch audio visual entertainment package. The company benefits from Coach Assist and Moseleycare warranty.

Moseley (PCV) supplied the vehicle.
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Hollinshead Coaches take Volvo Jonckheere

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Hollinshead Coaches has taken delivery of a Jonckheere bodied Volvo B11R. The coach has 53 seats, an entertainment package and a D11C 11-litre 450hp engine coupled to a Volvo I-Shift gearbox. It is being used for tours, private hire and the operator’s corporate clients.
Hollinshead Coaches’ MD, Stephen Haydon, said, ‘We’ve had many years operating Volvos and we like and trust them. We had two fundamental requirements with our new coach. It had to be as economic on fuel as possible and we also specifically wanted a vehicle with 53 seats plus centre demountable toilet. Volvo Bus once again met our exacting requirements and we’re very pleased with the new vehicle. Another factor in our decision was the re-assurance of the back-up and support we receive from The Hartshorne Group and our contact there Bob Phillips. They’ve always been superb.’

Volvo Coach sales supplied the vehicle.
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NAT Group take Elitei

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Two Volvo B11R based Plaxton Elitei coaches have been added to the fleet of South Wales based NAT Group. Both powered by Volvo D11C Euro5 450bhp engines matched to an I-Shift 12-speed automated manual gearbox, the vehicles each have 75 Fainsa Gala seats, one of which is demountable to make way for a wheelchair position. They also both have a Thermo King air conditioning system, a toilet, a fridge and a Bosch entertainment package.
Commenting on the new vehicles, NAT Group MD, Kevyn Jones, said, ‘They are certainly making an impression, turning more heads than any coach we’ve operated before! Our first impressions of them are very good and the drivers love them. With the Elitei, we can offer our customers a higher passenger capacity with the luggage accommodation to match.’

Plaxton Coach sales of Anston supplied the pair.

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Stanford’s Expo

Stanford Coachworks are holding an Expo at the Brands Hatch Racing Circuit in Kent on Tuesday 15 October from 09.30 to 16.00. At the event Stanford will have on show a wide range of the products that they produce including accessible minibuses, luxury minicoaches, up market tour buses, campers, ambulances and much more.

For those who can stomach it there will be high speed runs available around the circuit in a Caterham race car or a Renault Clio Championship car driven by triple champion Paul Rivett.

The event is also being supported by the trade in the form of displays by Auto Adapt (Braun Lifts); A.T.Industries; AVS Steps; Burnt Tree Accessibilty Vehicle Rentals; Eberspacher; Koller; Knowles Total Fleet Management; London Hire Vehicle Rental; NMI Safety System; Phoenix Seating; PLS lifts; Politecnica Seating; The Procurement Partnership; Ratcliff Palfinger lifts; Stedall; Unwin Safety Systems, Vapor Ricon Europe and Webasto.

Bacon butties for early arrivals and a buffet lunch will be available. All proceeds will go to Stanford’s official charity The Lord’s Taverners. For further information and tickets contact Stanford on 01375 676088 or e-mail to sales@stanfordcoachworks.co.uk

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Preston Bus Station now listed building

Preston Bus Station has become a Grade II listed building. The move means the New Brutalist construction will not be demolished as part of plans to build a new shopping centre. The decision to remove the building had come in December 2012 on the basis that it costs £300,000 a year to maintain and is in need of significant capital investment estimated at between £17m and £23m to refurbish it and bring it up to modern standards. Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council are now considering the impact of the listing decision, assessing their options and next steps.

However, according to National Heritage, listing will not prevent changes being made, provided that the architectural significance of the building is protected. The organisation says it is aware that Preston City Council faces challenges in maintaining the structure and integrating it effectively with the city centre. It intends to continue to explore with the local authority how these challenges can be addressed so that the building can play a key role in the life of the city.

Leader of Preston City Council, Cllr Peter Rankin, said, ‘Obviously it’s not the outcome we were hoping for. We’ve always said the bus station is too big, provides relatively poor facilities for bus passengers and costs Preston taxpayers over £300,000 a year to maintain. We will have to take some time now to consider the listing decision and the options for moving forward. In particular, we need to look at costs and the impact on budgets and how it affects Preston taxpayers. We will work closely with Lancashire County Council as transport authority to consider the next steps.’

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Cardiff’s new reward scheme

Cardiff Bus has teamed up with local businesses to reward ‘iff’ card travellers with discounts and special offers. ‘iff extras’ is a new scheme which gives additional benefits to passengers who use the operator’s travelcard. Organisations signing up to the scheme include Bellinis, The Pancake House, World of Boats and Edward’s Coach Holidays. Amongst the benefits are a 15% discount at Mimosa, as well as money off guided tours at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.

Business Development Manager at Cardiff Bus, Gareth Stevens, said, ‘We’re thrilled to be able to launch ‘iff extras’. Our iff cards are extremely popular with our customers and it is great to be able to reward them for their loyalty. We’re delighted that so many companies have signed up to the scheme and hope more will sign up once they hear about the benefits to their business.’

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