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Pulham’s boosts home-to-school contracts with PSVAR-compliant Plaxton Leopard

Published: 18 Nov 2020

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), one of the world’s largest independent global bus manufacturers, today announced that it has delivered a wheelchair-accessible Plaxton Leopard coach to Pulham’s Coaches of Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.

Award-winning Pulham & Sons Coaches has provided transport services in the Cotswolds since 1880, making it one of the longest-established bus and coach operators in the United Kingdom. The fourth-generation family-owned and operated business offers coach hire and school services along with a network of crucial bus routes in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

Home-to-school transport has contributed strongly to the company’s growth in recent years, taking its fleet size to 55 coaches amid consistent investment in modern vehicles.

The operator’s latest investment is a 57-seat Plaxton Leopard. Built on Volvo B8R chassis, the new addition is fully built to PSV Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR), making it accessible to wheelchair users and future proofing Pulham’s Coaches’ fleet. The new Plaxton Leopard has replaced an earlier, non-accessible vehicle of the same type.

Pulham’s Coaches Director, Andrew Pulham says: “We have been getting on the front foot with PSVAR. The Plaxton Leopard has already been a strong performer in our fleet, giving us excellent value for money, so the decision to invest in the latest accessible version was an easy one as this ticks all the boxes for a versatile vehicle.”

Lee Salt, ADL Sales Account Manager for Central England and Wales, comments: “Pulham’s Coaches are renown and respected for their immaculate fleet, which has facilitated the part exchange against an existing Plaxton Leopard in the knowledge that it would generate strong interest from potential buyers, and indeed it has sold on immediately. It continues to be a pleasure to work with the successful family team at Pulham’s, and we’re honoured that our Plaxton coaches and ADL buses are a key part of this high-profile fleet.”