Bridgestone Secure Bus and Coach Fleet Agreement

Matt Millington and Satnam Cheema.
The strength of Bridgestone’s bus and coach tyre offering has been further underscored after securing a significant fleet agreement with the Tower Transit Group. A pence per mile contract has been agreed with the group. Tower Transit Operations Ltd operates 500 buses on TfL contracts and Whippet Coaches Group that operate express coaches, as well as a further 70 Stage carriage buses.

The decision to move was based largely on Bridgestone’s ability to offer greater value for money and the agreement is for three years, with an option of a two-year extension. Tower Transit’s Group Engineering Director Satnam Cheema said: “Bridgestone gave me a lot of confidence through their proposed transition plan. This gave me the assurance that switching supplier would bring minimum risk and we would continue to receive a quality service.”

Bridgestone’s fleet operations manager Matt Millington said: “To be in a position to work with Tower Transit is a huge coup for everyone at Bridgestone. We look forward to strengthening our relationship and becoming an indispensable component of their business.”

The fleet partnership represents a double coup for Bridgestone, after the company also secured work with East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) in the run-up to Christmas.

Bridgestone’s ‘full-fit’ package - where an in-house technician physically removes then re-fits wheel assemblies – was the ideal solution for the fleet’s central location in Hull, comprising of 160 vehicles.

Meanwhile, a ‘super fit’ option was then requested for EYMS’s other depots dotted around the region, with the built-up assemblies being sent to the fleet’s own technicians to fit to the remaining 140 buses and coaches.

About the author

Richard Wilson is the deputy editor for Commercial Tyre Business. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, The Tyreman and Truck and Bus News. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.


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