Volvo Buses


Anchor Tours prepare for busy summer season with new Volvo 9700

With the summer season having now arrived, Anchor Tours, based in Bellurgan, Dundalk, Co. Louth is ideally positioned having recently invested in a new Volvo 9700 coach, with Prestige Plus bodywork, for their busiest time of the year.

The UK tour operator’s latest coach has already been placed into active service, joining their fleet of 23 Volvos. “We’ve been specifying Volvo since 1963,” explained Anchor Tour’s owner Seamus Keenan. “This latest coach is an absolutely beautiful vehicle, I just love the interior.”

Specified with 53 TS2000 comfort plus half leather seats, with 3-point safety belts and a centre demountable toilet, the high quality finish of the coach interior reflects Anchor’s commitment to the comfort of their passengers.

Built on the reliable Volvo 3 axle, 13 metre B13R chassis and powered by a rear-mounted Euro 5 incentive, 13-litre diesel engine, rated at 460hp, the 9700 delivers performance, power, consistency and style.

Also featuring Volvo’s I-Shift 12 speed gearbox and electronically controlled disc brakes and air suspension, Anchor have specified a coach which they know and trust. “We’ve had 9700’s before,” continued Seamus Keenan. “They are excellent quality and they are reliable, plus we know that we have the superb back-up support of the Irish Commercials Volvo dealership at Naas.”

Anchor Tours’ new 9700 also features an on-board refrigerator, TV/ DVD system with two 15-inch monitors, a top quality audio system with integrated speakers and subwoofers, CD-changer and satellite navigation.

“We’ve had a lot of bookings recently and are running a large number of tours over the busy summer season,” explained Seamus Keenan, “I know that our passengers will enjoy travelling on our new Volvo 9700.”

The new vehicle is specified in Anchor’s traditional white livery and is expected to travel all around Ireland as well as crossing the Irish Sea for English, Welsh and Scottish tours.

“It’s the ideal vehicle for the extensive tour programme at Anchor,” explained Volvo Bus Regional Sales Manager, Duncan Crosby. “It has an excellent luggage capacity, added to a high specification interior with air-conditioning, which of course is very important for operators during the summer season.”

“Anchor has always been a loyal Volvo customer, they appreciate our customer service and the reliability and quality of our vehicles and I would love to have some more coaches out to Seamus in the near future.”


4 July 2011

Caption for image: Anchor Tours, based in Bellurgan, Dundalk, Co. Louth has invested in a new Volvo 9700 coach, with Prestige Plus bodywork.