Volvo Buses


Robinsons Holidays celebrate landmark 90th anniversary with Volvo B9R coach

Robinsons Holidays of Great Harwood, Blackburn, have celebrated their 90th anniversary in style with the delivery of a new Volvo B9R coach.

Established in 1923 Robinsons Holidays offers a comprehensive selection of British and European coach holidays, including their three own hotels in Eastbourne Torquay and Shanklin. “What better way to repay our customers for 90 years of support than investing in another new Volvo coach for them to travel on,” explained Robinsons Holidays Director, David Lord.

The two axle, 12.8 metre, high specification coach features Plaxton Panther 2 bodywork and the rear mounted, fuel efficient Euro 5, Volvo D9 9.4 litre engine. The new vehicle has a fully integrated driveline, which includes the proven Volvo I-Shift gearbox.

“I’m particularly delighted that Volvo Bus Marketing Manager, Don Johnston could join myself and Regional Sales Manager, Duncan Crosby for the official handover of our new vehicle and our 90th anniversary celebration,” explained David Lord. “We dealt with Don for many years when he was Volvo Coach Sales Manager so it was good of him to join us today.”

“We now have 12 coaches on the Volvo chassis,” he continued. “Knowing the Volvo product, the vehicle’s all round fuel efficiency and the tremendous backup and support we get from Thomas Hardie Commercials were all key factors in our decision to select the B9R.”

Specified to an extremely high standard, the new Robinsons Holidays B9R features 53 passenger seats in blue, with leather trim. It also features two TV monitors, CD/DVD player and sound system, whilst an integrated reversing camera provides an important aid for the driver when manoeuvring.

The vehicle is fitted with a centre demountable toilet for passenger comfort and externally is finished in the company’s traditional and highly recognisable dark blue livery.

“Congratulations to David Lord and Robinsons Holidays for reaching their landmark 90th anniversary,” said Volvo Bus, Regional Sales Manager, Duncan Crosby.
“We were delighted to play a part in their celebrations by completing the handover of their new Volvo B9R coach. It’s a tremendous vehicle and quite befitting of the occasion.”

Don Johnston added, “I was delighted to be asked along to help celebrate this significant milestone for Robinsons Holidays. We’ve built a solid relationship with David Lord and the team over a number of years and this new B9R coach will add to that.”


26 February 2013

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(left to right) Volvo Bus Marketing Manager, Don Johnston, Robinsons Holidays Director, David Lord and Volvo Bus Regional Sales Manager, Duncan Crosby.