Travel De Courcey has opened a new depot in Birmingham for the running of National Express contracts.
The operator has moved into the premises on Miller Street from the former Veolia Garrison Street depot. Miller Street is currently home to 14 Caetano Levante Volvos which are all operating on National Express contracts, with the main corridor being Birmingham to Manchester and Coventry to London. Journeys operated by the firm also include routes to Wolverhampton and a once per day service to Heathrow airport.
Most of the facilities at the depot are complete and in operation, although the firm is awaiting permission to dig up the road nearby to properly install wash facilities. Once these are complete, the depot will offer ancillary services to other operations, such as bus cleaning and toilet drop.
Mike De Courcey, MD, told CBW: “We plan to move more vehicles into the depot, either to cover more National Express contracts or for private hire. At the moment we don’t have time to set up bus services in Birmingham.
“Although our coaches will still operate primarily within the West Midlands, we’re always open to customers from elsewhere.”
Travel De Courcey won a multimillion pound deal in August to run the 14 inter-city coach services from Birmingham – a record single contract for the company. It led to a £5m investment in vehicles – as reported in CBW at the time.
Miller Street is no stranger to coach operation, having previously been home to the former London Liner operation.