Belle Vue expands fleet with £650,000 investment

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Belle Vue invests in three new vehicles for the New Year

The Stockport-based operator has acquired a wheelchair-accessible ex Redwing Mercedes-Benz Tourismo from EvoBus (UK) and two double-deckers, an 85-seater Van Hool Astromega from DJ coaches in London and a 83-seater VDL Bova Synergy from Reays of Wigton.

Belle Vue Manchester managing director Phil Hitchen, right, with transport director Ian Bragg and the company’s new double-decker coaches

The coaches are air-conditioned and have reclining seats, mood light, a drinks servery, washroom facilities and a DVD system.

They are now being used for educational tours of Europe and for private groups booking trips in the UK.

Belle Vue has also now upgraded another double-decker executive coach, a Volvo B12B Jonckheere.

Funding for the new vehicles was provided by Lombard, the asset finance arm of NatWest.

Phil Hitchen, Managing Director, said: “Good quality double-decker coaches are generally in short supply across the industry but they have the advantage of enabling larger groups to save on cost, as they only need to book one vehicle instead of two.

“Our new coaches greatly benefit our strategic partnerships with educational tour operators taking students to Europe, and are proving popular with key clients for UK trips.

Belle Vue Van Hool Astromega interior

“The lift means that passengers who use a wheelchair or find it difficult to board on foot have easy access to the coach. We regularly run day trips for such groups, and this addition to the fleet was made with them in mind.

“We are constantly investing to provide the best possible service to our clients and to ensure our fleet is the most modern around.

“We are now well-placed to expand the business in 2019.”