Six new B7 RLE’s for Veolia

Veolia subsidiary Paul James Coaches have taken delivery of six new Volvo B7RLE’s – with Plaxton Centro bodywork – which are being used on their park and ride contract in Leicester.

Established for over 30 years Paul James Coaches was acquired by Veolia Transport Ltd in January 2007, but has retained its identity and loyal customer base. Operating a number of park and ride schemes, Paul James Coaches have found the Volvo B7RLE ideal in meeting their operational requirements.

Specified with Volvo’s common rail D7E 7 litre engine rated at 290hp to EEV emissions, the new vehicles boast 45 seats with room for 25 standees. A capacity which is often filled during peak spells such as the Christmas period.

Paul James Coaches were keen to invest in vehicles that they knew would meet the operational requirements of their busy periods and decided to specify Volvo.

“We currently operate four Volvo B7RLE’s on another park and ride service and have found them to be good reliable vehicles over the previous two years,” explained General Manager Wayne Smith. “One of the best things for us is the excellent service back up that Volvo provides.

“Volvo has always supported us with any maintenance and service issues to an excellent standard and this was one of the key factors in us specifying Volvo again”.

Each of the new vehicles are fully DDA compliant and have a single wheelchair space available for disabled customers. This is another essential requirement for Paul James Coaches, considering the type of contract that the vehicles are being used for.

The new vehicles went into operation on Monday 16th November 2009, ferrying passengers from an external car park facility to Leicester City centre.

Wayne Smith added “if we were in a position to purchase more vehicles in the future, we would have no hesitation in specifying Volvo again”.

Image Caption:  Veolia subsidiary Paul James Coaches have taken 6 new Volvo B7RLEs for their park and ride service in Leicester.