Coach Services Ltd of Thetford, Norfolk has recently added three ADL Enviro 200s to its fleet. Following the successful operation of a 10.8m example delivered towards the end of 2013, a further two have been acquired during 2014. The 9.6m and 10.8m vehicles are the latest ADL products added to the growing modern bus fleet of the long established coach business.
The Enviro 200’s reputation for economical operation attracted Transport Manager Robert Crawford, ‘With their reputation for fuel economy and the attractive deal ADL offered us, the Enviro 200s were ideal for what we needed to upgrade some of our key routes. The support from ADL has been excellent and, at over 13.5mpg, the vehicles have delivered the expected economy in operation. Our customers are very happy with them, they appreciate the bright interior and moquette seating.’
The new Enviro 200s feature blue moquette trimmed Esteban Civic V2 seats, 39 in the 10.8m vehicles and 33 in the 9.6m vehicle. They have bonded side glazing and are equipped with Mobitec destination displays together with a fold out ramp for ease of access. Power is supplied by the Cummins ISBe 4.5l Euro 5 diesel engine driving through an Allison automatic gearbox. Coach Services Ltd has specified the vehicles with a radio/CD entertainment system.
Externally, the Enviro 200s are finished in white with bold Coach Services logos and branding for the routes on which they regularly operate. The 9.6m example is intended for the Thetford town service whilst the 10.8m examples cover routes 81, Thetford to Watton and 86, Brandon to Bury St Edmunds.
Coach Services Ltd was founded in 1948 and acquired by local farmer Robert (Bob) Crawford, grandfather of the current Transport Manager in 1969. Bob’s son Allen joined the growing business in 1978 and more recently, the next generation, Robert and Thomas Crawford have joined the family team. Since 1969, the company has continued to grow, initially through the acquisition of local operators and from 2000 through an increasing focus on quality local bus services in the Thetford area. A varied fleet of 45 vehicles is now operated on all types of work from the company’s modern premises on the outskirts of Thetford occupied in 2006.
ADL’s Enviro 200 range is an effective and economical product available in a variety of lengths from 8.9m to 11.3m thanks to its modular construction. A variety of seating options and single or dual doorways are offered to meet a wide range of operational requirements. Overall passenger capacity is maximised by the vehicles strong but lightweight steel and aluminium construction, Coach Services Ltd 9.6m example having an overall capacity exceeding 70 passengers, 33 of them seated.
Coach Services Ltd’s new ADL Enviro 200s were supplied by ADL Bus and Coach Sales.
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