Brighouse-based Arrow Coach Travel has moved into a new depot.
The operator has moved from an open yard with portacabins to a purpose built premises with office space, just 50 yards or so up the road. The new depot has three offices, a training room and a dedicated driver’s area. It also holds two full length pits in its workshop area along with a brake tester.
Similar to the old depot, there is space to comfortably house eight vehicles, with two of them kept indoors, giving some room for Arrow to expand its five vehicle fleet of four touring coaches and school bus.
Richard Jessop, Managing Director, told CBW: “Although we’re continuing to use external providers we can now do the smaller things ourselves, which used to cost a fortune. We recently saved a figure in the region of £150 for a faulty brake light which we could repair in the new workshop instead of calling out an electrical engineer.
“Our training room also gives us the option of doing Driver CPC training on site, which saves the cost of hiring out a room.” Richard said this was something Arrow used to do together with other neighbouring small operators, but they can now go to Arrow itself, since the training room and vehicles are all on site.
Arrow Coach Travel is a young operator, which entered the industry in 2008. Its flagship coach is a Neoplan Starliner, which used to be the Nottingham Forest team coach, where it carried an appropriate personalised number plate. The fleet also includes a Plaxton Premiere, an Hispano Vita on a Mercedes-Benz O404 chassis and a 33-seater Berkhoff Axial on an MAN chassis.