Volvo Buses


Volvo is first choice again for Ridleys expanding fleet

Expanding operator Ridleys Coaches of Kenilworth has taken delivery of a new Volvo B11R Euro 6 and a B8R SC5, as part of its fleet expansion. The company has 24 coaches, 22 of which are Volvo and the new vehicles are intended to handle a range of private, school hire and touring work.
Volvo is first choice again for Ridleys expanding fleet

Jordan Ridley, Managing Director for Ridleys Coaches, explained:  “We have once again come to Volvo to meet the needs of our ever increasing fleet.

“We almost always specify Volvo and up until May all our vehicles were pre-owned Volvos, but we have had such great success with the new B11R we purchased earlier in the year that we are back for two more vehicles, with a long term plan to operate an all Volvo fleet.

“The Volvo B8R Euro 6 chassis combined with the Sunsundegui SC5 bodywork, offers the best in fuel efficiency and versatile operation, it is classed as a midi but offers a very well designed chassis with a surprisingly spacious interior. Being slightly shorter, this is a perfect fit for us making it easier to navigate on narrower routes.”

“Our Volvo Retail Bus & Coach Sales Manager Jo Standbridge was, as always, excellent to deal with throughout the whole negotiation and purchasing process, providing us with a great package and on schedule delivery of the vehicles, which we needed quite urgently so having available stock was also a bonus.”

Jo Standbridge added:  “The Volvo B11R Euro 6 chassis is very well known for its excellent fuel efficiency and technical specification for operators as well as providing a high standard of service and comfort.”

Volvo describes the B8R SC5 as being the perfect tourer for both UK and continental travel.  Available with 38/41 seats and being just over 10 metres in length, its superior manoeuvrability makes it suitable for both inner city use as well as in the open countryside and more challenging terrain.

Jo said: “We are delighted that Ridleys Coaches has chosen to add another two Volvos to their fleet and look forward to working with them again in the near future.”

Jordan Ridley added: “The local Volvo dealership in Coventry provides excellent technical support, and was an addtional reason for us once again selecting the vehicles we did.

“With Volvo Bus you get the complete package. They are responsive and you have the reassurance of their dealer network, we would be happy to recommend Volvo to anyone looking for a reliable, fuel efficient coach.”

Ridleys Coaches is a family owned and run business and was established in 2009.  The company specialises in a range of services including UK tours, day trips, private hires, school and swimming contracts.


3 November 2015

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Ridleys Coaches 1:  Ridleys Coaches of Kenilworth adds a Volvo B11R Euro 6 and a Volvo B8R SC5 to its expanding fleet.

Notes to Editors

Technical and interior features

Engine – Volvo Euro 6

Chassis – B11R

Body specification - Jonckheere JHV126

Transmission - Volvo I-Shift

Dimensions - eight 3.66 m Width 2.55 m Length 12.57 m

Safety features - Electronic Braking System (EBS) featuring ABS and ASR functions (Antilock and Antislip) and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme).

Fuel tank - 425 litres

Passenger seats - 53 reclining Fainsa GALA seats with three point seat belts, leather headrest inserts, cup holders and footrests.

Additional features - Full draw side curtains, Shades centre sunken demountable freshwater toilet, hot drinks machine, dash mounted 60 litre fridge, integrated dash mounted fold away courier table, lockable storage compartments, heated and electrically operated exterior mirrors, electric full height driver’s window, peage window to front entrance door and saloon fully carpeted throughout. Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels, motorised driver’s blind to front windscreen.

Model Volvo B8R Coach

Body specification Sunsundegui SC5

Engine Volvo D8K350 6cyl Euro 6 engine.

Transmission Volvo I-shift 12 speed gearbox or ZF Ecolife 6 speed automatic gearbox.

Dimensions Height 3.5m Width 2.55m Length 10.3m

Fuel tank 400 litres

Technical standard European Whole Vehicle Type Approval.

Safety features Emergency exits on body roof. Luggage locker with access in both sides by pneumaticly operated doors. Security system. Driver’s support system Braking system EBS with ESP.

Air conditioning Roof mounted Carrier 353 A/C and heating with automatic control

Audio/Visual Touchscreen Sony system incorporating radio/CD/DVD and USB.

Front mounted 19” LED flatscreen and reversing camera with dash mounted monitor

Additional features - Front pneumatic and rear offside continental pneumatic doors

- Rear saloon toilet (optional)

- Tip-up front bumper and wheelarch panels for access

- Acoustic and thermal insulation

- Separate heating and ventilation system for driver and guide

- Heating system by convectors

- Halogen head light, fog light and day running lights

- Internal LED indirect lighting

- Individual lights LED

- Alcoa Dura-Bright alloys

- Carpets to gangways and all entrances

- 2 Electrical de-misting rear-view mirrors

- Front decency screen mounted fridge unit

- Drivers safe

- Air horns

- Side position lights an high level stop and indicator lights at rear (LED)

- Luggage capacity 6m3