Horseman Coaches adds 10 Panthers ahead of ULEZ introduction

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Berkshire-based coach operator, Horseman Coaches, has completed a five-year £10m investment programme with the introduction of a further 10 Euro VI Plaxton Panthers.

All of the vehicles are 12.8m 53-seat executive coaches with DK8 engines and I-Shift transmissions.

This forms part of an ongoing programme of investment in low-emission vehicles, employee training, welfare facilities and consistent technology advancement at the company’s modern 56,000 sq. ft. warehouse, depot and administration centre in Reading.

James Horseman with the 10 new Plaxton Panthers
James Horseman with the 10 new Plaxton Panthers

With a fleet of 60 vehicles, split evenly between Euro VI and Euro V models, Horseman Coaches is prepared for the introduction of ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) in a few months.

Company Director James Horseman commented: “Being based in Berkshire and doing a lot of business inside the M25 corridor, such as corporate work and airport transfers, we have to stay ahead of legislative change, which we are consistently striving to do, however we also have to be realistic and acknowledge that we cannot replace all 60 of our coaches overnight.”

He added: “In parallel with this we work relentlessly on our ever-evolving business model, which has to anticipate how the next round of green initiatives from government and regional authorities will impact. It is a constant challenge with one eye on today and another on the future.”

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