Edwards Coaches/Volvo B7RLE MCV

Entering service with Pontypridd-based Edwards Coaches are two B7RLEs with MCV bodywork, supplied by Volvo Bus (01926 401777). .

The new buses seat 44 and can accommodate a further 42 standing passengers, and include eight CCTV cameras and GPS tracking. They are being used on routes between Cardiff and Gwaun Miskin in the South Wales Valleys.

Edwards Coaches placed the order following good experience with a demonstrator, explains Stewart Isaac, Service Operations Manager. “It proved popular with our drivers, particularly for its smooth handling and driveability.”

The operator’s fleet already included a large number of Volvos. “The local customer service has been superb all the way,” Stewart continues. “We cannot fault them and they are always very responsive.” Further Volvo purchases are likely in the future.

Stephen Hammond also mentioned in his response on the Richard Drax Adjournment debate that the Department for Transport “will shortly set out some other solutions for rural areas”.

So there is clearly work in progress. I await the announcement with bated breath, as I might have to eat my words about the lack of any new solutions.

I leave you with one passing observation.

In his Adjournment debate, Richard Drax described BSOG as “a sort of underground warthog”. Does any reader have any ideas as to what exactly he might have in mind?