East Yorkshire Coaches takes delivery of landmark Plaxton Elite

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The 15m Plaxton Elite-bodied Volvo is the most valuable coach the operator has ever purchased
The 15m Plaxton Elite-bodied Volvo is the most valuable coach the operator has ever purchased

East Yorkshire Coaches, the coaching arm of Hull-based East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS), has taken delivery of its most expensive coach, which also represents the most expensive vehicle of any sort the company has purchased.

Valued at around £350,000, the 15m Plaxton Elite-bodied Volvo seats 75 passengers in a high floor body.

The Volvo/Plaxton combination has been a regular in the East Yorkshire fleet for many years. The Plaxton Elite features video monitors throughout the interior, exterior and internal CCTV, WiFi and USB ports for passengers’ use.

71 of the seats are on the vehicle’s ‘upper deck,’ with four seats low down behind and alongside the driver, one of which is capable of being converted into a wheelchair space.

Because of the high floor, the coach also features a significant amount of luggage space.

This flagship coach, which also features a logo to celebrate EYMS’ 90th anniversary which starts in October, joins the East Yorkshire Coaches’ fleet of 13 vehicles ranging from a 19 to 75 seats. All are used on the company’s private charter, day trip and holiday tour business.

EYMS Chairman Peter Shipp said: “I am delighted that we were able to buy such a prestige coach and I am sure it will prove very popular with large groups, as it will often mean that they need to hire only one coach instead of two which will be a money saver for them.

“There will be a small dedicated team of drivers for this coach, which because of its size does require careful handling in confined places, and the drivers, engineers and garage shunters are being trained and familiarised with the coach, ahead of its first outing to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.