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Route One magazine
« on: March 20, 2017, 11:43:06 AM »
Page 10 of the latest issue of Route One magazine contains items which might be of interest to our area members:

Item 1

Chambers Coaches of Stevenage taken over by Eclipse of Cambridge

The prospect of expanding its portfolio and geographical reach was a key driver behind the purchase of Chambers Coaches (Stevenage) Ltd, by Cambridge based Varsity Transport Holdings (VTH).

VTH is a new parent company for Eclipse Coaches of Cambridge(ECL) and sister company Eclipse Tours, Holidays and Excursions (ETHEL). Eclipse Coaches MD, Robert Krueger, takes over as MD at VTH and Chambers. “It’s business as usual for Chambers,” he tells routeone, explaining that the purchase, for an undisclosed sum, will put the group in a stronger position along the A14 corridor and to the west.

“Chambers is also strong in the accessible market, including lift-equipped full-size coaches which will complement Eclipse,” he added. The sale follows the decision by Directors Martin Chambers and Debra Tidey, son and daughter of the company’s founder, Cyril Chambers, to retire. They will stay with the company for a handover period. Chambers Coaches, started in 1966, runs 22 vehicles throughout Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties. Its fleet ranges from 16 to 79-seaters.

Established in 2003, Eclipse Coaches has been owned by Robert Krueger for the last four years. Having shifted its holiday and day excursion programme to ETHEL, since 2015 it has re-equipped its five-strong fleet with Mercedes-Benz Tourismos. It serves mainly corporate, university and tour
operator clients.

Item 2

First has put Scania’s ADL Enviro400 diesel demonstrator into service on its demanding X1 Peterborough-Norwich service. It is part of an evaluation for the replacement of the existing hi-spec ADL E400s. The route’s 15 vehicles cover at least 80,000 miles a year each. The highest mileage bus
has covered 362,126 miles since new three years ago.

(There is a photo of the bus)

Item 3

There is a sketch of the planned Arriva re-vamp livery.

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