Edinburgh-based Timberbush Tours has embarked on a £2million new vehicle spend, purchasing 16 coaches ranging from 10- to 53-seaters. This increases its fleet to 34 coaches for its existing Edinburgh and Glasgow operations and its new service out of Inverness scheduled to start in the next few months’ time.
The additions to the fleet will be delivered ahead of the summer season and in line with the company’s regular stock replacement strategy whereby coaches reaching three years old are disposed of and replaced by the latest models available, and equipped with technology and other accoutrements to enhance the customer tour experience.
It has ordered 12 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters — four 19-seat, seven 16-seat and one 10-seat — from West Lothian-based Coachtraders. Two 32-seat MOBIpeople MidiExplorer-bodied MANshave been purchased via BASE Coach Sales of Leyland, Lancs, and two 53-seat Neoplan Tourliners have been bought from the MAN dealership at Trafford Park.
Steve Spalding, CEO of Timberbush Tours, says: “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, having been accredited with the Green Business Tourism Scheme Gold Award and EcoStars 5 Star rating.
Moreover, we are employing 18 additional guides this year and they will be put through an intensive training programme ahead of our busy summer season. This lays down a marker for us having the best tour guides in the coach tour business. This is an industry that never stands still and Timberbush has continually prided itself on its investment programmes and policies to remain at the forefront of the coach travel industry in Scotland. This has been synonymous with our brand across our 21 years of trading.”
In preparation for the arrival of the new coaches, Spalding confirms that further recruitment is underway for administrative support staff. The roles will be part of an operational expansion programme which will see an upgrade to its Edinburgh headquarters near the Granton foreshore. Timberbush has acquired a unit adjacent to its current depot which will be used to expand its fleet parking, maintenance and training facilities.