EYMS bus firm invests £1m in five new luxury coaches
AN EAST Yorkshire bus and coach operator has invested almost £1.25m in five new coaches.
East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) Group, based in Hull, has bolstered its fleet with the modern vehicles.
Two are luxury touring coaches and 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.
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 we keep the coach fleet up-to-date.
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"It is very good news for the group. Times are tough but you have got to invest where you can."
Mr Shipp said all five coaches were replacements and the group has taken the opportunity to transfer the three displaced National Express coaches, which are four years old, to general coaching duties.
This, according to the businessman, further improves the company's private hire fleets.
Running both coaches and buses, the firm, which was established in 1986, has 46 coaches forming a significant part of the group's 400-strong fleet.
Investing in the business has been an ongoing project for the company.
Last year – also the year Mr Shipp celebrated 50 years in the bus industry – the firm bought 27 new buses to add to the group.
Mr Shipp said: "This moved us forward on the bus side. We have got to try to invest where we can."
The two new touring coaches at EYMS will be used on coach holidays and private hire at both East Yorkshire and Whittles.
Mr Shipp said: "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."
Mr Shipp said this privatised side of EYMS was doing well at the moment, with a lot of business coming from schools for private trips. He also said a lot of the business is coming from trips to garden and flower shows.
He said: "There's an amazing amount of interest – we seem to have picked up on a niche."
One of the new luxury touring coaches is going into the East Yorkshire Coaches fleet in Hull and the other delivered to Whittle Coaches, the EYMS subsidiary in Kidderminster.