Volvo provides the ‘wow’ factor for Hollinshead Coaches
One of the UK’s leading independent coach companies, Hollinshead Coaches, has taken delivery of a new Volvo B11R 9700 tri-axle as the latest addition to its fleet.
The Biddulph, Stoke on Trent, based operator, which this year celebrates its 30 year anniversary, has a big coach fleet which is 100% Volvo, having purchased the company’s vehicles for many years due to their operation and reliability record, comfort for passengers and aftersales back up.
Steve Haydon, Operations Manger for Hollinshead Coaches, said: “We needed a new 53 seater for our fleet and while we always purchase Volvo, we did look at a number of other vehicles, but found that none had the same ‘wow’ factor as the Volvo B11R.
“In addition to aesthetic appearance and operational performance, we’ve always received first class aftersales service and back-up from Volvo and have an excellent relationship with our local Volvo Bus dealership, Hartshorne in Stoke. I have to give special mention to their service manager, Andy Bloor, who always deals with our requirements swiftly and efficiently.
“Passenger comfort is also a key factor in our decision making process and as our new B11R 9700 is a tri-axle vehicle and 13 metres in length, there is so much more available leg room. Today’s traveller wants and expects the highest quality and comfort from their coach operator and this vehicle meets and their and our needs perfectly.”
The new B11R will be used for touring purposes, mainly in the UK but also for continental trips. To reflect this, it features the latest internal features including deluxe all leather seating, three point seat belts, TV screens, toilet, hot drinks server and a fridge.
Steve Haydon added: “Our Volvo Retail Bus & Coach Sales Manager Phil Hudson has been great throughout the whole process. We’d not worked with him before, but received the usual excellent Volvo service from him as well as from their Retail Sales Director James Hyde, who we’ve worked with for many years and trust implicitly.”
Phil Hudson added: “It’s always good to work with an established and loyal customer like Hollinshead Coaches who keep coming back to us time and time again. They’re clearly fans of Volvo and we’ll be working hard to ensure their faith and trust in our vehicles and service continues for many years to come.”
Key features and benefits of the B11R chassis include excellent fuel efficiency, the renowned Volvo I-Shift transmission, automatic function check and trouble-free maintenance.
Family owned Hollinshead Coaches offers a holiday and day excursion programme and specialises in all kinds of private hire, school transport, corporate events and sports teams.
20 April 2015
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The new Volvo B11R 9700 tri-axle vehicle delivered to Hollinshead Coaches.