More staff recruited
Timberbush invests £2m in Scottish coach fleet renewal
Timberbush is replacing a number of buses with the latest specification
Coach tour operator Timberbush Tours is investing £2 million in 16 new coaches, increasing its fleet size to 34 for its Edinburgh and Glasgow operations and a new service out of Inverness.
The additions to the fleet will be delivered ahead of the summer season and in line with the Edinburgh-based company’s regular stock replacement strategy.
Twelve of the new vehicles – four 19-seaters, seven 16-seaters and one 10-seater – are being supplied by West Lothian-based Coachtraders. Two 32-seater MAN Mobi coaches have been purchased via B.A.S.E Coach Sales, Leyland, Lancashire, and two 53 seat Neoplan Tourliners have been bought directly via manufacturers, MAN.
Chief executive Steve Spalding said: “With competition in the local market intensifying, this planned investment is significant for us.
“These coaches will be delivered to us kitted out to our specification and reflect our commitment to continually re-fleet and replace our coaches with the most environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient vehicles available.
“Our fleet stock is less than three years old and this is our blueprint in an industry where a company’s ‘green’ credentials are a huge consideration for customers. This is something we take great pride in.”
The company is employing 18 additional guides this year and more support staff. The roles will be part of an operational expansion programme which will see an upgrade to its Edinburgh HQ base near the Granton foreshore.
Timberbush has acquired a unit adjacent to its current depot which will be used as to expand its fleet parking, maintenance and training facilities.