Westbus has taken delivery of two new Volvo B8R SC5 coaches to add to its existing fleet of 48 vehicles. The long-established company, based in Hounslow, London, has been in operation for more than 30 years. The order for the two B8Rs is the first Volvo purchase in recent years, and comes on the back of a trip to the Sunsundegui factory in Spain earlier this year.
“We needed an upgrade to our fleet and were in the market for something smaller than a full-size coach, but still with the feel of a larger vehicle, and the B8R SC5 was the perfect fit for us,” says Westbus general manager Tim Miles. “We were fortunate enough to visit the Sunsundegui factory during the specification of the interior of our new vehicles and I was so impressed with how accommodating everyone was in sourcing the correct fabric and colours to match our corporate look, nothing was too much trouble for anyone.”
The coaches will mainly be used for inbound travel and touring, due to the close proximity of the company to Heathrow Airport, but will also be utilised for private hire contracts. The Volvo B8R SC5 is able to negotiate the narrow streets in city centres making it ideal for densely-populated areas like London.
Miles adds: “We have chosen to buy from Volvo because we believe the chassis is well built, the overall package and specification was perfect for us.”