Good news from coach operators – east and west

In response to our recent query for news from coach operators, we were delighted to receive the following email from Hunts Coaches in Lincolnshire …

two coaches from Hunt Coaches' fleet

We’re Back in Business!

We are Hunts Coaches, trading in Alford Lincolnshire.

We cover a big chunk of the Lincolnshire coaching holiday and day excursion programme, and provide private hire for groups of any size when needed.

In response to Covid-19, we have installed state-of-the-art UV filter technology which cleans the air in the cabin of the coach and kills the virus – protecting our passengers and drivers whilst they travel, and are now ready to return to the road. We are also in the process of publishing our 2021 holiday/day excursion brochure which we are sure our passengers will love. I am delighted to report that we already have tours fully booked for 2021. During lockdown, we made sure we always had someone here to answer calls and deal with customer cancellations. So far we have refunded thousands of pounds, with a good percentage of our passengers transferring monies to 2021. It’s good to know they have faith in our small family run business.

Our day excursion and holiday itinerary will begin again fully where possible from the 1st September starting with a seven-day holiday to the Isle of Wight. Although we are working with lower numbers than usual, we are still here.

This year celebrates our 90th anniversary. Ironically, Hunts began trading on the 23rd March 1930 and then 90 years later, we were forced to close our doors on the very same date in 2020!

I am proud to work as a GTO for Hunts Coaches and hope that all coach companies out there manage to survive the struggle, even though I fear a good percentage won’t.

Tracey Athorn

Golden Bakers coach leaving distillery

Bakers Dolphin delighted to be back on the road

More good news about coach operators from the other side of England, with the return to the road of Bakers Dolphin, which has been operating from its home in Weston-super-Mare in Somerset for more than 130 years. The company has finally been getting some of its coaches back on the road during August, and has had some very encouraging feedback on social media from passengers about how safe they felt and how much they enjoyed a much-needed break.

By the end of this month, 17 trips will have been completed.

The company has added air filtration systems which reduce the amount of pollutants in the air, reduced vehicle capacities to aid social distancing and ensured that travellers wear face coverings.

Sales and marketing Director Amanda Harrington said:

“We’ve waited a long time to be able to take passengers away again, and it’s extremely gratifying to get such positive feedback. We want to encourage people back on board and assure them that they can travel safely in style and comfort. We believe that our coaches are as safe as they can possibly be.”

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