Scarborough bus operator EYMS has just taken delivery of five new coaches following a six figured investment - with local coachbuilder Plaxton taking a stake.
Two are luxury touring coaches with one going into the East Yorkshire Coaches fleet at Hull and the other delivered to Whittle Coaches, the EYMS subsidiary in Kidderminster.
The two frontline coaches are based on the Volvo B9R chassis and have ‘Elite’ 53 seat bodywork manufactured by Eastfield based Plaxton.
The other three are for the dedicated seven-coach fleet which East Yorkshire operates from its depot in Hull on the national long distance route network on contract to National Express.
The two touring coaches, which will be used on coach holidays and private hire at both East Yorkshire and Whittles, are to a high specification.
EYMS chairman Peter Shipp said: “While times are very tough in the bus and coach industry we are still trying our best to update our fleets whenever we can and in a competitive market it is vital that we keep the coach fleet up to date.
“We have recently launched our East Yorkshire and Whittles 2013 coach holiday programmes and the new coaches will be mainly used on these although they can be hired for private parties.
“All five coaches are replacements and we have also taken the opportunity to transfer to general coaching duties the three displaced National Express coaches which are only four years old, thus further improving our private hire fleets”
EYMS is one of the few remaining larger operators to run coaches as well as buses, with 46 coaches forming part of the Group’s 400-strong fleet.