Panther pair for Galloway

ImageGalloway Travel Group from Suffolk has received two 12.8m Volvo based Plaxton Panthers. Each has 53 Politecnica GTV seats, a Grammar driver’s seat, a Thermo King air conditioning system, a washroom, a fridge and a servery area. D9B 380bhp 9.36litre engines matched to Volvo I-Shift automated gearboxes power the coaches.

MD, David Cattermole, said, ‘As a progressive company, we have a vision of delivering high standards to the school travel market and the acquisition of the Panthers supports this. They represent good value for money and offer the combination of 53 seats with good luggage capacity and a toilet on a two axle vehicle, providing us with flexibility in their operation. We had good experience with an earlier Plaxton Panther that we operated for a short period last year and are well accustomed to the Volvo chassis. We get good support from our local Volvo dealer and our initial experience with Plaxton has been very positive.’

Pictured (LtoR) is Galloway Travel Group MD, David Cattermole and Plaxton’s Director of Business Development, Kevin Wood.


SlimLine Solo SR for TLC

ImageTLC Travel of Keighley, West Yorkshire, has added its first Optare Solo SR SlimLine to its fleet. The 7.2m bus has 23 Ster 6MS seats, a CCTV system and Mobitec LED destination display equipment. It is powered by a Mercedes-Benz OM904LA Euro5 engine matched to an Allison 1000 Series five-speed automatic transmission. It is being used on the 915-918 circular route, connecting Keighley with nearby rural locations.

TLC Travel’s MD, Trish Lambert, said, ‘These routes include numerous narrow country roads and this called for a more compact bus. We were already familiar with the Solo product, of which we run over 20 and when the new SR version at 7.2m long and only 2.3 metres wide became available we felt that this would be ideal. The fact that it is a low floor bus and fully DDA compliant, with a wheelchair ramp and bay, was also an important factor in our choice, especially as many of our passengers are elderly with mobility problems or young mums with buggies. This bus represents a significant investment for us in the Keighley area, where we have only recently started to operate. We will be watching with interest how the Solo SR is received by our passengers and how it performs on these routes.’

The bus was supplied by Optare Sales.

New careers website

People 1st has launched a new website to promote career opportunities in passenger transport and travel. Developed in association with UKSP, features online career tools and guides for employers, training providers and job seekers. People 1st has also been working closely with employers to make sure the website meets the industry’s needs.

Project Manager for UKSP, Jo Parker, said, ‘We really wanted to create a site that appeals to both young people and adults, but also wanted to make sure that employers had a strong say in the information on the website. We worked with employers from across the different industries to make sure we got their feedback during the site’s development.’