As part of its fleet replacement programme, London based Anderson Travel has acquired four Sitcar Beluga 3 midicoaches and four 12.2m VDL Bova Futura FHD2 coaches. The Belugas are based on the Mercedes-Benz 0816D chassis and are powered by Euro5 engines matched to Allison automatic transmissions. They have 25 Vogel Eco 040 leather seats, a power operated plug type entrance door, an entertainment package, a reversing camera, a cool box, a large rear luggage area and a Sutrak air conditioning system.
Anderson’s new Futuras are powered by 365bhp Euro5 DAF PR engines coupled with ZF 5HP604 automatic gearboxes. They have 49 Vogel Conturo seats, an offside centre sunken toilet, a cool box, a water boiler, a Webasto pre-heater, an entertainment package, a roof mounted air conditioning system and a proximity warning device to the rear bumper.
Moseley in the South supplied the vehicles.
As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, Anderson Travel has treated its female employees to a makeover day at a top venue in Covent Garden. The firm supports and encourages female professionals in a sector which is typically male dominated and to mark the increasing role women are playing in the industry, the four women were offered a day out of their choice. They opted for a day of pampering, having their hair and makeup done followed by a photo shoot.
Director of Anderson Travel Mark Anderson said: ‘We have an extremely diverse workforce, representing the society that we live and work in. In an industry with few women and some old habits, Anderson Travel has always tried to attract female talent as it’s important to have a balance in personnel.’
‘We are passionate about the coach industry – it’s an attractive career choice for women and it’s important that they are encouraged to participate in a traditionally male orientated trade. A ‘Women in Rail’ scheme was recently launched in the rail industry and a similar group would be of benefit to the coach sector.’
Pic: Andersons ladies, LtoR: Administration Manager, Hannah Grayson, Private Groups Manager, Olga Ruebenbauer, Sales and Marketing Manager, Carly Eden and Reservations Manager, Nicola Begbie.
London based Anderson Travel is celebrating its 25 years in business this year and marking the milestone by replacing the majority of its fleet with 19 new coaches. This is part of a £4m investment programme, which brought together each of the Anderson Group of companies under the main banner of Anderson Travel earlier in the year. This year also sees the launch of Anderson Travel’s newly developed website.
Anderson Travel started with one coach in 1988, which Director, Mark Anderson, drove himself. It now has over 25 vehicles, two Tower Bridge premises and more than 45 staff. The CoachMarque firm offers coach travel, airport transfers and a wide range of excursions and short breaks within the UK and across Europe to 85,000 plus passengers a year. Highlights of recent years include being the chosen mode of transport for guests attending the royal wedding in 2011 and chauffeuring Team GB around to various promotional and social events during the London 2012 Olympics.
Mark Anderson said, ‘Anderson Travel is proud to be one of the longest standing independent coach firms in London. Over the years we have seen various coach operations come and go but it is through our focus on professionalism and high quality, customer friendly drivers and staff, expert in-house technicians, first rate service and our team’s incredible wealth of experience and knowledge that sees us here today celebrating 25 successful years of business. It’s down to this that we have built up a fantastically loyal customer base over the years and therefore been able to extend our offering and services to the extent that we have. We’ve enjoyed the journey every step of the way and look forward to the next 25 years.’