Alexander Dennis, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, today announced that it has delivered a high-capacity Plaxton Leopard to Roy McCarthy Coaches.

The 12.8m coach is fitted with 72 seats in a 3+2 arrangement, making it ideal for school buses and hires. It meets PSV Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) with a side-mounted lift. Seats on quick-release tracking can be moved aside flexibly to make room for wheelchairs.

Drivers will also find it easy to load luggage into the underfloor lockers, which have been fitted with parallel-lift doors.

Roy McCarthy Coaches has been operating coaches from its base in Macclesfield since 1971. Nine of its 11 coaches are Plaxton Panther or Plaxton Leopard vehicles that the company bought new in the last seven years. Like the latest addition, they are all built on Volvo B8R chassis.

“We really benefit from Plaxton’s ability to tailor vehicles to our requirements”

Max McCarthy, who is part of the third generation of McCarthys running the family business, welcomed the new coach: “As a small operator serving a wide range of clients, we really benefit from Plaxton’s ability to tailor vehicles to our requirements. This means that we can have a diverse fleet that allows us to respond to different operational needs without sacrificing the benefits of standardisation. This latest Plaxton Leopard is a great further example of this, giving us our highest seating capacity yet with room for 72 passengers.”

Alexander Dennis Regional Sales Manager, Lee Salt, said: “It’s a privilege to continue to work with the McCarthy family as their supplier of choice and I’m delighted to see yet another of our Plaxton coaches in the distinctive Roy McCarthy Coaches livery, which always heralds the arrival of a smart and well-kept coach.”