Family-run business Edward Thomas & Son, one of the longest established coach operators in the south east of England, has introduced a new Plaxton Leopard to its fleet of 38 vehicles.
The new addition is a top-of-the-range 12.8m 72-seat Volvo B8R model, powered by a DK8 engine and I-Shift transmission. It will be used on school contract services provided by the company across Surrey, as well as corporate services and private hires in London and the south east.
Established more than 70 years ago by the late Edward Thomas, the business is now led by his son Ivan, who took over the reins in 1973, and who is supported by his daughter Kerry Lovell and nephew Neil Seager, both of whom are key players on the administrative side of the business.
“The industry has changed a lot in 70 years but I like to think that our reputation goes before us,” says Ivan Thomas. “Our aim is to provide competitively priced, quality, best-in-class services and to do that we need market leading vehicles. The Plaxton range is modern, stylish and performs outstandingly well, hence 80 per cent of our coaches are from the Scarborough-based operation. Business is about relationships and this one is working well.”