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It always feels good to help someone commence an exiting new chapter in their life, and that’s exactly what we’ve done with Steve Ratliff. We’ve worked as a team with two other suppliers to ensure Steve’s new venture Suffolk Travel gets off to a flying start. With the help of our friends at Yelloway we supplied this immaculate 2008 DAF powered Van Hool T915 Alicron 51 Seat Executive Coach. Prior to collection the team at Yelloway valeted the coach, gave it a full engine service, fitted it with the latest Hispacold Air Conditioning filters, and ensured everything was in full working order. Our friends at Commercial & Asset Finance ensured Steve was able to get funding for the coach and Steve proudly drove it back to Ipswich on Friday. This is our first handover photograph in over a year and as you can see social distancing was adhered [...]

You may remember that we kindly donated a couple of double decker buses to homeless charities at Christmas for conversion into mobile shelters. One of these went to CERT UK to help the homeless in Birmingham. Well it seems work has being gong extremely well and we were recently sent some photos of what’s gone on downstairs which I thought we should share. A work in progress but a job well done. Good Luck with the rest of the project guys!

2020 has been a traumatic year for most people and it’s already looking like 2021 isn’t going to be much better. One issue that has become more apparent during these difficult times is homelessness. There are people who were in a strong position twelve months ago who now find themselves with nowhere to live through no fault of their own. Helping the Homeless has something that we have always tried to do, even if it’s giving them a voucher for a hot drink from McDonalds or Greggs but we have decided to go a step further and as long as funds permit we will be donating a double decker bus to a homeless charity every Christmas for conversion into a mobile shelter. This year we donated two, both of which were sourced from Abbey Travel of Erith, Kent. This [...]

Following on from the purchase of the two Iveco Beulas Carl at Jansen Travel asked me if I could find him a clean tidy 33 seater on a small budget. We obliged by finding this immaculate Mercedes Vario Plaxton Beaver with 33 coach seats. Following a journey over The Pennines to Whitby and a quick inspection a deal was struck and this little beauty headed back to West Cumbria. Alison Burgess, Operations Manager of Jansen Travel commented¬† “I have never had such a neat tidy beaver before. It’s the talk of the depot. All the driver’s can’t wait to get a shot in it!” This little coach will be used mainly on school contracts locally. Thanks to Chris and his team at Coastal & Country for ensuring the coach was presented in pristine condition, and for throwing a few spares in the boot. Thanks to Carl and the [...]

Following the recent purchase of a 57 Seat B7R Plaxton Profile from Coastal & Country Coaches, 1st Choice Travel of Llanelli, South Wales have returned for 2 more. This time 70 Seaters. Both vehicles are from the Dan’s Luxury Travel fleet in Waltham Abbey, Essex. One is an automatic Volvo B7R, the other a manual Dennis Javelin, and both made the trip along the M4 effortlessly according to Alun Phillips, director of 1st Choice. These are the 5th and 6th vehicles purchased by 1st Choice through ourselves and we thank them for their continued loyalty and support. Hopefully we’re doing something right! Thanks to Nick at Dan’s and Britesh of Phoenix Tours for ensuring the vehicles were up and running prior to collection. We’d like to wish Alun and his team down in South Wales the best of luck with their latest purchases.

To help with newly gained contracts and to update the fleet Jansen Coaches of Frizington, West Cumbria found themselves in need of a 70 seater and this Iveco Eurorider Beulas Stergo E caught their eye. Following a marathon drive down the M6 & M40 to Newbury they viewed this one with a ZF Automatic Gearbox and spotted another identical vehicle with a 8 Speed Manual Gearbox. Following inspection it was decided that both coaches were too good to leave behind so a deal was struck for the pair. Both have been collected over the past couple of weeks and driven back to Cumbria without issue. They are now being prepared in readiness for the schools returning in September. Thanks to Darren Gale of Bailey’s Coaches in Newbury for preparing the coaches prior to their long drive north. We’d like to wish Carl Jansen and his Operations Manager Alison [...]

A recent sale has seen this Volvo B7TL Wright Eclipse Gemini Double Decker bus head back to it’s West London roots. This bus started life with Go-Ahead Group at it’s London General company before single door conversion and sale. Recently she has been based in the North West with Selwyn’s and Belle Vue Coaches. She has returned to West London with Horseferry Coaches Ltd who collected her from Stockport following repaint of her bottom panels into red which was carried out in house by Belle Vue Coaches. Thanks to Phil, Ian, and the team at Belle Vue Coaches for preparing the coach exactly as the customer requested. We’d all like to wish Ismael at Horseferry the best of luck with his new addition.

We have recently supplied this Mercedes Benz Tourino to Navigator Coaches of Ipswich, Suffolk. Mark Maile, director of Navigator is slowly growing his business and has been discussing various vehicles with us. Recently though he settled on this 2007 Executive Tourino supplied by York Pullman. The coach was previously with Skinner’s Coaches in Oxted, Surrey prior to their retirement and was a credit to them. Meridian Coachworks repainted the coach into white with black roof and mirrors and she looks a¬† million dollars. She sailed through an MOT last week ready for collection. The little coach gives a big coach feel with 32 reclining seats, air conditioning, rear floor mounted WC, hot drinks facility, and a fridge. Thanks go to Tom, Kevin, and the team at York Pullman for their assistance in preparing the coach for sale and ensuring she was pristine on collection. Also to Andy and [...]

Once again we are 1st choice for one of our regular customers when it comes to purchasing a used vehicle. It’s the 4th time we’ve sourced a coach for 1st Choice Transport in Llanelli, South Wales. This time it was a Volvo B7R Plaxton Profile 57 Seater to fulfil a requirement for a new contract. This particular coach was supplied by Coastal & Country Coaches in Whitby having been new to the Ministry of Defence. This immaculate low mileage coach was presented in pristine condition by Chris and his team at Coastal & Country and our thanks go to them. Also, we would like to wish the best of luck with their new purchase to the guys at First Choice Transport, and thank them for their continued faith and loyal support.

I was contacted recently by Jason Jones of Jone’s Coaches in Herefordshire who was in a predicament. He had a requirement for PSVAR compliant belted service bus but with a high maximum capacity rather than the more usual 42 or 45. The answer, an ex West Yorkshire BMC Condor. This is a vehicle that ticks all the boxes with a seating capacity of 57 with all age 3 point seat belts, full PSVAR compliance, and a tried and tested Cummins / Voith driveline. We were about to advertise this one for sale for Meredith’s Coaches in Malpas, Cheshire but she didn’t make the website. Jason and his Dad Phillip came to inspect the vehicle and it fitted the bill nicely. She’s now down in Herefordshire ready for whatever September brings. Thanks to David and his team at Meredith’s for their assistance and we’d all like to wish Jason [...]

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