Minsterley Motors is a traditional family run business, which has been an integral part of the Shropshire community for many years. This significant bus order takes the number of Volvos in the Minsterley Motors fleet to 14 vehicles.
The buses will be running on a number of their popular routes including the 745 between Pontesbury and Ludlow Market, the 435 between Shrewsbury and Ludlow and their new 2012 schedule from Shrewsbury to Bishop’s Castle.
Volvo’s B7RLE is the perfect vehicle for consistently demanding services. It is versatile, economical and reliable, whilst its robust, rigid frame creates a lightweight chassis. The front suspension design also facilitates an integrated wide centre gangway, which along with the low entry floor height aids passenger boarding and disembarking, whatever their mobility range.
The Volvo D7E 7.1 litre diesel engine, capable of 290hp, is situated alongside the gearbox configuration, at the rear of the bus, to provide maximum space at the front.
Specified with 44 passenger seats and room for a further 49 standees, the six new single deck buses feature Minsterley Motors’ traditional white, blue and red livery and are expected to enter into service at the end of January.
“We’ve had plenty of Volvo buses before,” explained Minsterley Motors’ John Jones, “we like the Volvo Wrightbus combination and we’ve got a new bus schedule for 2012 – the 552 and 553 service, between Shrewsbury and Bishops Castle, so we needed good reliable, consistent buses.”
“I’ve also just purchased three new Volvo B9R coaches with Plaxton bodywork,” continued John Jones, “so it’s a brand we know and trust and we also have the reassuring backup and support of the Shrewsbury Hartshornes dealership.”
Volvo Bus Sales Manager Phil Fletcher, was pleased to conclude the deal, “John Jones at Minsterley Motors was looking to upgrade his fleet and we’ve managed to support him in this process with the sale of these latest new B7RLE buses.”
“Minsterley Motors is a very established operator,” continued Phil Fletcher, “and it’s really pleasing that the six new Volvo buses will be seen daily across a number of routes in the Shropshire area.”
2 February 2012
Caption for image : (left to right) Darren Green (Area Service Manager, Volvo Bus), Phil Fletcher (Sales Manager, Volvo Bus), John Jones (Minsterley Motors), Carl Evans (Minsterley Motors), Colin Organ (Hartshornes).