Trusted Tees firm Coatham Coaches has marked its 35th year in style by fittingly adding a 35-seat, state-of-the-art midicoach to its fleet – complete with reclining leather seats, climate control, wi-fi and USB points in every seat.
The £180,000 Yutong TC9 adds to Coatham’s growing cleaner, greener fleet of coaches, with rontline vehicles all under three years of age and engines that meet stringent Euro 6 emission levels.
The Euro 6 standard helps towards the government’s targets for clean air zones, banning heavy-polluting vehicles from city centres, a scheme initially launched in London and now extended to cities such as Leeds, and proposed for 16 UK cities including Newcastle by 2020.
It was back in 1982 that, looking for a business to supplement his non-league football managerial career, Mick Hodgson “stumbled” into a new role as a minibus operator, buying a second-hand 12-seat Mercedes 307.
It began a journey that has seen Coatham Coaches evolve into a 16-strong fleet ranging from 19 to 57-seaters, and now with the addition of a fledgling taxi business.
Mick and wife Barbara built the foundations on which members of their extended family have gone on to build a successful business, whilst ensuring the firm remained focused on providing modern coaches with a quality service, from the booking through to the final journey.
Managing director Mark Hodgson says: “We take great pride in what we do – from the work that goes unseen such as our robust safety schedules, risk management and our proactive approach to our customers’ needs, to quality staff training and continual investment to make our fleet of vehicles not just the envy of our competitors but what Teessiders deserve.
“By investing in green vehicles such as the Yutong, we are future-proofing our fleet and can actively aid our corporate customers in reducing their carbon footprint. Euro 6 vehicles drastically cut the harmful emissions produced by coaches.
“As an example of what this means, soot has been reduced by 99% and nitrous oxide by 81%, so we are the ideal travel partner for heavy industries and renewable energy industries alike.”
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