Celtic Travel’s three new Wright Eclipse 2 bodied- Volvo B7RLEs have entered service on the firm’s first ever bus route, the X75 which links Shrewsbury with Rhayader, via Welshpool, Newtown and Llanidloes.
The family-run firm, based in Llanidloes has run a fleet of coaches for many years. Celtic Travel took over the operation of the Powys County Council-contracted service from Tanat Valley late last summer and pending the arrival of the new buses, Wright-bodied Volvo B6s and an Enviro 300 have been used.
With 14 Volvo coaches in their fleet, Celtic Travel are no strangers to the Volvo chassis and the reliability of their current vehicles played an important part in their decision to also specify Volvo for their new bus requirement.
“You can’t go wrong with the Volvo Wrightbus combination,” explained Celtic Travel’s transport manager, William Davies. “Added to that is the tremendous backup and support you get with Volvo and the endorsement of larger operators, such as National Express, also specifying Volvo Wrightbus.
“These new Volvo B7RLE buses will each end up covering around 70,000 miles per year,” continued Mr Davies. “We can’t afford for them to be off the road and with Volvo, we know we are paying for the best.”
Fitted to the latest DDA specifications and featuring 44 E-Leather seats with three point belts, the new buses are built with passenger’s comfort and safety in mind. Other internal features include Hanover audio visual equipment and Synetics CCTV.