With a fleet of coaches and buses operating across Britain and Europe from various depots, Linburg’s unfailing drive for excellence in its vehicle maintenance and engineering functions has led it to invest in the “Truckfile” Fleet Management IT System, a web-based system that keeps drivers, Operations and Engineering Departments updated in real-time about vehicle maintenance status. Maintenance Systems, planning and records are visible on-line to all key personnel, with drivers and technicians able to update vehicle status from any location, no matter how remote and no matter what hour of the day or night, so long as there is wifi available.
“I have worked with various Systems but this one is incredible” was the judgement of Linburg Fleet Engineer, Mark Paulson. “The time invested in set-up and the cost of hardware is significant, but I have no doubt that our drivers and most of all, our passengers are very definitely worth it. There is no better way of planning and controlling the Vehicle Maintenance” Mark added.
After two years of successful collaboration with World-renowned travel-professionals, Kuoni GTA, Linburg were delighted to accept an invitation to renew and expand their commitment.
Doubling the number of coaches that are allocated to the prestigious UK touring services for the next two years has meant further acquisitions of VDL-powered Van Hool coaches from UK Agents, Arriva Bus & Coach. Visitors to the UK from the Far East, predominantly China, can look forward to enjoying the scenery of the British Isles whilst relaxing in the air-conditioned comfort of the Linburg Van Hool coaches.
Continuing infrastructure investment by Linburg Bus & Coach has recently seen the installation of the Merridale Fuelworks web-based fuel management system across its entire fleet and depots.
The system utilises Merridale Auditor units and vLink vehicle monitoring to enable the Linburg Management Team to keep a close eye on the real-time fuel consumption of all of its buses, coaches and support vehicles from office-based PC’s or even their smart-phones. “This technology enables us to identify fuel consumption issues very quickly” said Director John Hadaway. Bus & coach travel is already one of the greenest and most efficient methods of travel, but with monitoring of this level of accuracy, those “green” credentials are maximised.
“Our previous monitoring system was always at least a month out-of-date and relied on many hours of tedious work with pen-and-paper. With our increasing fleet size, this was becoming untenable” continued John. “Now we can see information for the entire fleet from any internet web-browser. It even tells us when we need to re-order fuel supplies. We spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on diesel each year, so having absolute control in this way has made the substantial investment even more worthwhile”.
Shoppers and commuters in Sheffield are now benefiting from Linburg Buses operating the 505 Park & Ride Services and free Shoppers Buses serving the Tesco store at Abbeydale, Sheffield. The Park & Ride Services give commuters the opportunity to leave their cars at the Tesco store and travel in and out of Sheffield City Centre without any parking worries.
The Shoppers Services link many Sheffield suburbs to the store and operate free-of-charge, five days a week. Linburg Operations Manager, Paul Major reported “Discussions had been on-going for a number of months with Tesco’s agents, but in the end we only had a couple of weeks to put everything in place for the March 10th start date. Our Fleet Engineer, Mark Toon, worked very hard to source additional vehicles and his team burnt the midnight-oil to put the vehicles through a rigorous pre-service Workshop and Bodyshop programme to ensure all passengers had a bus to catch on the first morning”. Paul added that bus and coach travel is one of the greenest modes of transport and went on to say “To be operating services that contribute to minimising traffic on Sheffield streets and maintain a vital link for shoppers is particularly pleasing. Hats-off to Tesco for taking the initiative and supporting these Services with extensive financial support; And not forgetting the team at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive who have supported and advised us throughout the process”. For further information on the Services, please see our Timetables page.
A new development in 2013 has seen Linburg form an operating alliance with Kuoni and Gullivers Travel Associates.
Gullivers is part of the worldwide Travelport Group that contains twenty of the leading travel brands. Kuoni, founded in Switzerland in 1906 by Alfred Kuoni, has long been synonimous with high quality travel and brought that quality to the UK in 1965.
Whilst there are many Coach Companies in the UK., Kuoni & GTA reported that finding those with sufficiently high standards of reliability and professionalism to be entrusted with their prestigious Incoming Tourist business was a problem.
They turned to Linburg to help alleviate that difficulty.
Linburg Director, Gill Dawson, was delighted to be able to sign-off a two-year Contract to provide coaches and drivers to carry tourists from around the World on tours of The British Isles for both Kuoni and GTA. Gill announced in March 2013 that such was the importance of the new clients, that a further development of the coach fleet would see the delivery of another two high-quality, air-conditioned Van Hool tour-coaches from VDL-Van Hool coach concessionaires, Arriva Bus & Coach.
“We have continued our standardisation on the VDL-Van Hool product. The quality is second-to-none and we like the green-credentials of the smooth and powerful “Euro 5” engines. In between commitments with Kuoni and GTA, these coaches will be available for hire as part of our Private hire Fleet from our Derby and Sheffield depots” added Gill.
As the official Network Infrastructure Supporter for London 2012, Cisco Systems helped to deliver the most connected Games ever. This meant that Cisco’s network infrastructure underpinned the delivery of voice, video and data traffic for London 2012 over 94 sites with 1800 Wireless Access Points, 16500 IP telephones, 65000 active connections and 80000 Data Ports.
Transport was required for 800,000 spectators & 55,000 athletes, officials and sponsors . However, for the ground-transport of their most valued executives and guests between venues and hotels, Cisco relied on Linburg Coaches to make the connection, providing luxury coach transfers for up to twenty-two hours a day around, across and throughout the Capital City with a team of drivers, coaches and support staff stationed at Heathrow Airport ensuring Cisco succeeded in making even more Gold-Medal standard connections.
Linburg Bus & Coach are delighted to have been awarded further Contracts by Derbshire County Council to operate school-time bus services in the Etwall and Chapel-en-le-Frith areas. This means that Linburg buses can now be seen in all parts of Derbyshire operating services on behalf of Derbyshire County Council.
The Etwall area services are being operated from Linburg’s existing Derby depot but an additional Out-Station has been established in Chapel-en-le-Frith to service the operations in the North West. Gill Dawson commented that the Company felt extremely honoured that Derbyshire County Council were showing such faith in Linburg and that they look forward to providing the service levels that all Linburg customers including DCC have grown to expect.
When National Express needed a reliable and trusted Contractor to step in at Short-Notice to cover the extremely-busy 330 Service from Derby to Penzance during 2011, they turned to their long-time loyal allies at Linburg Bus & Coach. A prompt response and some trade-mark hard work from drivers, engineers and management staff at Linburg ensured uninterupted continuity of service for holiday-makers and people visting family and friends on the National Express 330 Service.
“We value National Express very highly as a long-standing customer and are delighted to have been given the chance to show our appreciation by helping to uphold their excellent reputation as the Country’s leading Express Service Network” commented Gill Dawson.
Following the award of 3 School Contracts at Friesland School, Long Eaton, Linburg Bus & Coach are delighted to have been awarded a Commercial Contract for the School.
In order to fulfil this contract we have added 94 seat double decked buses, fully fitted with seatbelts, to our fleet. Ideal for transporting two or even three school classes on one, economical vehicle. Sales Director, Gill Dawson believes this will open many more opportunities for the Derby and Sheffield branches.
Linburg Bus & Coach has significantly strengthened its commitment to its customers in the East Midlands with the opening in November 2010 of a new Derby Operating Centre.
Having buses and coaches permanently stationed in the centre of the City of Derby has further increased Linburg’s ability to support its existing customers who include National Express, East Midlands Trains, CrossCountry Trains and Derbyshire County Council. It also means that Linburg Bus & Coach are able to provide professional bus and coach hire services to new customers in the corporate sector, schools, clubs and societies in the Derby and Nottingham areas.
For Operations Director, John Hadaway, this has been something of an overdue business homecoming. His Great Grandfather, William Potter, pictured here on the left, operated horse-drawn coaches in Derby at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Business was brought to an abrupt holt however when, on the outbreak of The Great War, the Company’s horses were requisitioned by the Army for the war effort. William’s best horse however never made it out of Derby let-alone to the frontline, as unused to being saddled and ridden by an Army Officer, it bolted complete with rider, straight through the plate glass window of The Midland Drapery on St Peters Street in Derby, where the horse died of its injuries. Nearly one hundred years later, John is excited to be picking up the reigns on behalf of his Great Grandfather, bringing his own many years of professional coach hire operations experience back to Derby, supported by Linburg Bus & Coach Sales Director, Gill Dawson, also a Derbyshire resident.
Things have changed a lot in a hundred years. Modern, powerful and smooth Linburg luxury coaches with air-cushioned suspension, ‘Royale’ reclining seats, air-conditioning and Central-heating can be seen everyday. The Linburg Bus & Coach team for the Twenty-First Century will be delighted to discuss your own group travel needs.
Contact them in Derby on 01332 554823
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