Johnsons launches Interlink fleet

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Pictured in front of the new Scania Interlinks are: John Johnson, Commercial Director of Johnsons Coach Travel, and Lee Wale, Regional Account Manager, Central England and North Wales at Scania (Great Britain) Limited

Five Scania Interlinks and Yutong TC9 pair help popular Midlands fleet on road towards Euro 6

Henley-in-Arden-based Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel has launched its five new Scania Interlink coaches – as part of its move to ensure it complies with ever-tightening clean air legislation. The Scania quintet has joined a pair of Yutong TC9 35-seaters, which arrived in March.

Reflecting the family-run operator’s location, all seven new arrivals are named after Shakespearean characters and called Touchstone, Maria, Leontes, Puck, Miranda, Portia and Benedick. They are replacing 2003 Bova Futuras, which are available for sale.

Four of the new Scanias are 12m two-axles – of which two are to 49-seat Club Class specification, which will be used on Johnsons’ own range of holidays and day excursions. The other two coaches are 53-seaters with full wheelchair accessibility, which will be available for private hire.

The other new arrival is another longer 14m, 63-seater tri-axle coach to join the four Scanias that have been bought in the last three years.

“These highly popular coaches all have reclining half real leather executive seats, toilet, climate control, audio and visual equipment and USB charging points,” explained John Johnson, Commercial Director of Johnsons Coach Travel.

Commenting on the latest additions to the popular Warwickshire fleet, John said: “We are investing heavily in vehicles with the latest Euro 6 engine technology. We now have 18 Euro 6 coaches and buses – and similar investment is already being planned for next year. One of the reasons for this is because air quality legislation will increase in the future. London already has its Low Emission Zone (LEZ), and will soon move to implement its Ultra LEZ too. Other major cities, like Birmingham – right on our doorstep – are moving to introduce Clean Air Zones too. Our investment means we are well placed to meet the needs of our customers and these new regulations.”