Rotala Plc, the bus, coach and transport firm operating in Birmingham and Manchester, has purchased a new suite of state-of-art buses as it looks to enhance its operations with an environmentally friendlier fleet.
The £3.2m purchase of 19 fuel efficient and low emission vehicles will replace a fleet of older units as well as remove those currently on hire, reducing the average age of its assets and associated maintenance costs.
The new fleet has been purchased for its Diamond Bus (North West) Ltd and Hallmark Connections Ltd businesses, part of the wider Rotala Group which services forty million passenger journeys per year.
The new buses will provide Rotala with greater efficiencies including fuel improvements and lower emissions as well as additional operational cost savings. The investment will also allow the firm to maintain reliability of its services and comply with the latest government regulations.
In addition to improving reliability and performance, Rotala’s new fleet enhances passenger experience through additional features such as e-leather seating, USB charging points and WiFi.
Simon Dunn, Chief Executive at Rotala, which financed the £3.2m purchase through a hire purchase asset ownership facility from Shawbrook Bank, said: “This investment will enable Rotala to improve its business operations in both Birmingham and Manchester through the replacement of several legacy vehicles.
“The new state-of-the-art, fuel efficient and environmentally friendlier fleet will not only reduce our carbon footprint but provide our customers with a reliable and comfortable service while strengthening the Rotala brand across two of the UK’s largest cities.”
Rotala PLC is an AIM listed company, which owns and operates a number of companies in the business of bus, coach and transport management services. The operations are undertaken by various depots throughout the United Kingdom but focused on two key areas for local passenger transport – Manchester and Birmingham.