Horseman Coaches, based in Berkshire, has completed a five-year £10million investment programme with the introduction of a further 10 Euro 6 Plaxton Panthers.
All of the new vehicles are 12.8m 53-seat executive coaches with Volvo DK8 engines and I-Shift transmissions, complete with parallel lift lockers, kitchenettes/servers, fridges, toilets, sophisticated entertainment and CCTV camera systems.
With a fleet of 60 vehicles, which is split evenly in terms of Euro 6 and Euro 5 models, Horseman Coaches says it is well placed to stay at the forefront of the industry as the London Ultra Low Emission Zone comes into force next month.
Director James Horseman says: “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.
“That means balancing our fleet and using Euro 5 Cheetah, Leopard, Panther and Elite models for school contracts, private hires, day trips and tours outside the London and M25 zone, while introducing their Euro 6 counterparts for work within the ULEZ.
“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.”