Volvo Buses


Robinsons ready for more Volvos

A new B9R coach with Plaxton Panther bodywork joins a growing number of Volvo specified vehicles in the fleet of Blackburn operator, Robinsons Holidays of Great Harwood.

The Lancashire operator has a fleet of 16 vehicles, 11 of which are now built on the Volvo chassis. “We know Volvo very well,” explained Robinsons Holidays Director, David Lord. “Our new B9R has already entered service and we’ve just finalised the purchase of another Volvo coach, to be delivered at the end of this year.

“The reason we went with the B9R was that it allowed us a generous seating capacity of 53, but on a 2-axle chassis. Added to that is the back-up, service and support you get with Volvo, which is supplied to us by Thomas Hardie Commercials in Deeside and Preston.

“Our vehicles cover a lot of miles,” continued David Lord. “They travel all over the country and down to our hotels on the South Coast, so we need to be able to trust in the product and by specifying Volvo – we can.

“I’d also, once again, like to put on record my thanks to Volvo Bus Regional Sales Manager, Duncan Crosby, for his continuing hard work and customer service. I’ve dealt with Duncan over many years and he and Volvo really are first class.”

Robinsons’ new B9R is finished in the company’s traditional and highly recognisable dark blue livery and features a 9.4 litre diesel engine capable of 380hp, connected to the Volvo I-Shift gearbox.

The vehicle is also specified with a TV monitor, CD/DVD player and sound system, whilst an onboard reversing camera provides an added aid for the driver during manoeuvres.

“Robinsons were the first operator in Lancashire to take a new B13R earlier this year,” explained Duncan Crosby. “They’ve now followed that up with a new B9R coach with Plaxton bodywork. This demonstrates the solid relationship that’s formed between Robinsons and Volvo and I have no doubt that this will continue going forward. They are a pleasure to deal with.”


16 October 2012

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Robinsons Holidays of Great Harwood have taken delivery of a new Volvo B9R coach