Epsom Coaches’ bus division wins TfL tender and ‘goes for the best’
Quality Line, the bus-operating subsidiary of Epsom Coaches, has ordered nine mid-sized Mercedes-Benz Citaro Ks for Transport for London (TfL) route 413, between Morden and Sutton.
Currently operated by Go-Ahead London, Quality Line has regained the route under a contract that commences on 3 December. The vehicles are to be delivered during November.
“These buses are of a very high quality and, along with a dedicated driving team and additional resources to improve reliability, will enhance the travel experience,” says Epsom Coaches Commercial Director Huw Barrington.
“We trialled a demonstrator Citaro K in 2013 and were most impressed with it, but since then there have been limited opportunities in the TfL tendering programme for routes in our area for a bus of its size – the 413 being the first.
“We have operated Citaro products since 2003, with nine more recently joining our fleet in April 2012 for TfL-contracted route X26 between West Croydon and Heathrow. It is the longest route in London and we have found the buses to be very durable and reliable on what is a very busy service,” adds Mr Barrington.
The order for Citaro Ks is the first for the type to TfL specification, although supplier EvoBus (UK) has confirmed that four single-door examples have recently been delivered to Bus Vannin on the Isle of Man.
Epsom Coaches’ order continues a strong relationship with EvoBus (UK), which has also supplied Mercedes-Benz Tourismo and Setra coaches to the operator.