Express Coach Repairs convert Levante trio for Bennetts

Express Coach Repairs (ECR) has carried out its first conversion of a Volvo Caetano Levante coach into a 67-seater.

New 3+2 seats with three-point belts, supplied by Wrexham-based Prime Passenger Seating, were fitted to the existing seat tracking by ECR’s team based in Pickering, North Yorkshire.

New seating supplied by Prime
New seating supplied by Prime

The conversion, carried out for Bennetts of Gloucester, incorporates leather piping and headrests in the seats to give the vehicle a more luxurious feel, along with wood-effect flooring.

While on site the vehicle was repainted from National Express white into the firm’s blue and orange livery.

It is the first of three Levante coaches for conversion. Bennetts previously used the coaches, registered new in October 2010, on its National Express contracts. Its fleet was updated in April with the delivery of four new Volvo Levante coaches.

Bennetts Coaches has been working with National Express since November 2010 and during this time it has been awarded Operator of the Year at National Express’ annual awards for two consecutive years, most recently in 2013. It operates 10 daily departures on the Gloucester-London route 444 and is ranked by National Express as a ‘Gold Operator’.

It is also a six-star accredited BUSK Benchmark member.

Bennett’s 30-strong fleet, with an average age of 4.5 years, comprises 22 coaches, plus eight Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses used on Gloucester and Cheltenham park-and-ride routes.