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Michelin Gets on Board With New Contract at Reading Buses

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The high-quality Michelin products and excellent customer service secure a five-year deal. New vehicles for the Basingstoke to Heathrow service will all feature Michelin tyres.

Michelin Secures Five-Year Contract with Reading Buses

The new contract will see Michelin’s Services and Solutions Division oversee the supply, fitting and management of all the tyres across the public transport operator’s 260-strong fleet.

Tom Ranson, Chief Engineer at Reading Buses, says: “When the time was coming for renewal, we went out to tender in the usual fashion, but it quickly became apparent that sticking with Michelin would be the best option. They are world leaders in terms of manufacturing products that stand the test of time, and the level of service we get from everyone involved in the process is very, very good. The overall package works well for us and couldn’t be matched elsewhere.”

Michelin to Equip Reading Buses with Durable X InCity and X Multi Tyres

Michelin will fit both new and Remix urban bus tyres, predominantly from the MICHELIN X InCity range, on Reading Buses vehicles. The X InCity features reinforced sidewalls to protect against kerbing and accidental damage, which helps reduce wheel interventions and downtime. Tyres from the MICHELIN X Multi range, which offer robustness and damage resistance in an urban environment, will also be utilised across the smaller single-deck buses, plus a variety of coaches.

Reading Buses has opted for the Full Fit option as part of the contract, which sees Michelin’s technicians mount, demount and inspect all built-up wheel assemblies. Michelin will manage the tyres through a multi-life policy – regrooving worn tyres on-site once the tread depth reaches 3-4mm, helping to extend each tyre’s life in its most fuel-efficient state. Once the regrooved tyres have worn, they will be retreaded at the Michelin Remix plant in Stoke – saving natural resources and doubling the Michelin casing lifespan.

Reading Buses has recently added new coaches to its Newbury & District fleet to cover a new service from Basingstoke to Heathrow Airport. Additional buses have also been acquired to help enhance some of its existing routes, including the Windsor Express service to London Victoria. All the vehicles have been specified on Michelin tyres.

Michelin Equips Reading Buses’ New Electric Fleet in 2025

The operator also plans to add its first tranche of electric buses in April 2025. It will arrive on MICHELIN X InCity EV Z – the manufacturer’s range of bus tyres specifically designed for EVs. Michelin is already fitting the newly launched X InCity EV Z Remix – equally effective on diesel vehicles and has similar levels of rolling resistance, mileage and damage resistance as the new tyre – to the rear axles of some of Reading Buses’ existing fleet.

“Michelin are leading the way in terms of EV tyres for buses and that was another thing we considered before signing the new deal,” adds Ranson.

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