Volvo stands the test of time for WebberBus

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Webberbus has purchased a new Volvo B11R coach with Jonckheere bodywork
Webberbus has purchased a new Volvo B11R coach with Jonckheere bodywork

Long-term reliability has played a significant role in Bridwater, Somerset-based WebberBus’ purchasing of a new Volvo B11R Euro 5 coach with Jonckheere bodywork

The operator was keen to upgrade its existing coach fleet and after reviewing the options available in the market, decided that Volvo provided the best all round package.

“We’ve had their products for more than 20 years, so we know all about their emphasis on safety and reliability,” explained WebberBus Managing Director Tim Gardner. “In addition they met our requirements in terms of cost and delivery time.”

The B11R features 53 passenger seats, two TV screens, an on-board toilet and servery. It is fitted with Volvo’s I-Shift transmission and it also benefits from a range of safety features, such as EBS controlled disc brakes and a multiplexed electronics system.

The coach is expected to see use on the company’s private hire work, college contracts and continental tour programmes.

“We’re keen to monitor the fuel economy of the new Volvo B11R in comparison to some of our other coaches,” continued Tim Gardner. “We have a fleet of 67 vehicles, so therefore we are keen to see what our latest coach can do.

“We certainly wouldn’t have any hesistation in specifying Volvo Bus again in the future based on the experience we had purchasing this new coach.”

Volvo Bus Regional Coach Sales Manager, Richard Mann, added: “It was the ideal coach for the operator as it combines passenger capacity with vehicle performance. We have built a strong rapport with Tim Gardner and his team at Webberbus over many years and we’re delighted to continue the association.”