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April 05 2018
By Tim Deakin

Tim is the Senior Journalist at routeONE magazine is also the title’s chief test driver, with considerable vehicle knowledge


DJ Coaches invests in two Van Hool Astromegas

Van Hool’s build quality and attitude to customer requirements secures deal with Kent operator

The two new Astromegas have been supplied by Arriva Bus and Coach

Gravesend-based DJ Coaches has continued the move to Euro 6 with the delivery of a pair of Van Hool Astromega TDX27 double-deckers as part of its continued fleet investment.

The two 85-seaters have been supplied by Arriva Bus and Coach, and they arrive at the same time as four Mercedes-Benz Tourismos.

The double-deckers will be used principally on European tour and ski work and they replace two similar Astromegas dating from 2014.

“We looked at other models, and received a quote for one of them, but I prefer to stick with what I know in Van Hool,” says Director Matt Blanks, who adds that the Belgian manufacturer’s build quality remains “second to none.”

Van Hool’s flexibility in terms of specification also ticked a major box and the coaches each have a ski box and a trailer for use when required. They are powered by the DAF MX-13 engine at its highest 510bhp rating coupled to the ZF AS-Tronic automated manual gearbox.

Delivery of the six new vehicles means that 22 members of DJ Coaches’ 27-strong fleet is now Euro 6. Mr Blanks adds that of the other five, he plans to retrofit three Mercedes-Benz Tourismos to achieve ULEZ compliance.



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