Local coach operator, Whittles Coaches, have invested over £400,000 in 2 new top quality touring coaches which were delivered last week and are already out on the road pleasing customers.
Whittles, which was acquired by Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel in January 2015 see the investment as an important part of the ongoing company strategy, and a vote of confidence for the future for coach travel in Kidderminster and the Wyre Forest area. Whittles offers a UK coach holiday programme and a popular day trip programme which attracted over 9,000 passengers in 2018.
The new 53 seat Plaxton Panther/Volvo Euro 6 specification coaches join Whittles fleet of nine coaches and offers passengers the highest levels of comfort with leather head and arm rests, extra legroom, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, WC and DVD player and USB charging points. The coaches will be used on Whittles range of holidays and day excursions this summer as well as providing coach hire for local businesses, clubs and schools which the company is seeing sales growth in both areas.
The vehicles highly fuel-efficient Euro 6 engine provides the latest in environmentally-friendly low emission coach travel together with top class quietness and comfort. The investment means that it will also see a total of three extra driving positions become available.
General Manager of Whittles, Dee Jackson stated We are so excited to make these additions to our fleet, it has been really encouraging and humbling to see how the local community has continued to support us with their custom. We recognise that without an unrelenting drive to achieve even higher standards of quality, both with our vehicles and our hard working, loyal staff, this confidence is easily taken for granted. These new vehicles see us take another important step with our aspirations for Whittles.
Our NEW summer 2019 days out brochure is out now and packed with 115 great days out this summer.
On the 8th February we took passengers on the first tour of 2019, the Country and Western Reunion Weekend. Four of our drivers, Gary, Shaun, Pete and Dean got into the spirit by dressing as Cowboys, with feeder driver Celia also donning her cowboy boots!
It was great to meet up and talk about upcoming tours and excursions..and have a good old sing song and line dance!
Here's the link to our Facebook page video
Hopefully it makes you smile as much as it does us!
Our 2020 reunion will be on Friday 14th February - Mon 17th February, staying at the Royal Grosvenor in Weston. Book Now!
We find ourselves in extremely unusual and difficult times and In light of the recent government statement on Monday 16th March 2020, our Management Team have taken the extremely difficult decision to cancel ALL our brochure and online departures with immediate effect up until the 30th April 2020.
This is a decision we have not taken lightly, however, given the government advice we feel we have no choice. Please rest assured that we are doing everything we can do resume normal operation as of the start of May 2020.
On a positive note, this current national and worldwide crisis is very much a temporary one and we believe that come the start of the summer, our programme and things in general will be very much back up and running and of course there are plenty of superb opportunities to travel with Whittles available in our fantastic brochures!
Most importantly, may we take this opportunity to wish you well and hope that you keep well, virus free and as happy as possible, during this extraordinary situation.
Finally, thank you, very much for your continued support and custom during what is a difficult time for all of us - and thank you for your patience and understanding.
We will be in contact with all passengers with bookings on departures up until 30th April by post. Please be assured we are watching the situation as it unfolds very carefully and if you have any questions, concerns; or if you would like to book alternative trips later this season, then please call our Bookings Team on 01562 820002.