Faresaver sticks with Volvo for fleet renewals

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Faresaver has taken delivery of four MCV Evoras, and has six more on order. VOLVO/TIM SQUIRES

The Volvo MCV Evora is proving a successful combination for one Wiltshire operator, which has recently ordered more

Volvo Buses has delivered four more B8RLE MCV Evora 10.8m buses to Faresaver of Wiltshire, and the operator has ordered a further six. The additional buses are set to join the family-owned fleet later this year, primarily for its services between Chippenham and Bath.

The new buses have been purchased as fleet replacements for older vehicles, as the company says passenger comfort remains a top priority. They are expected to average 18 hours a day, seven days a week, on the firm’s interurban routes.

Faresaver director Justin Pickford said: “We get excellent feedback from both the passengers and drivers. The Volvo B8RLE MCV Evora is the perfect bus for the local service we provide and delivers fantastic reliability. The driveline is particularly strong, as you’d expect from a Volvo. It copes really well with the average operating speeds we like to maintain, particularly on hilly routes, ensuring our passengers reach their destinations safely, and in a timely fashion.”

The vehicles seat 39 passengers on high-backed seats, and are fitted with three-point seatbelts and USB charging points.

Faresaver traces its roots back to 1979, and currently runs a fleet of 60 vehicles, and operates a network of bus services spanning the North Wiltshire and Bath areas.