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RATP buys Epsom Coaches

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One of the best-known London area coach operators, Epsom Coaches, has been purchased by French group RATP Dev UK. Although historically a coach business, Epsom has in recent years expanded rapidly in bus operation under the Quality Line name, and it is this which has attracted RATP Dev. Epsom runs 25 high-quality coaches – mainly Setras - and has 85 buses operating on 14 London contracted services and on four local services in Surrey. The company this month added ten new Mercedes-Benz Citaros valued at £1.7million to its fleet for a new London contract, the X26 express service between Heathrow Airport and Croydon. The average age of the bus fleet is just 3.5 years.

Epsom Coaches will operate as an independent division of RATP under the leadership of Steve Whiteway, who was previously the company’s commercial director and is now its managing director.

Jean-Marc Janaillac, chief executive officer of RATP Dev, says: “I am delighted we have been able to bring Epsom Coaches into the RATP Dev UK Group. We are committed to running high-quality public transport businesses and as such, this acquisition fits very well within our strategy for the future.”

RATP Dev owns London United Busways, which serves an area adjoining that covered by Epsom Coaches’ Quality Line services.

Whiteway adds: “I look forward to a new chapter in the long history of Epsom Coaches, retaining all that is innovative and unique about us, whilst working closely with our new parent company to further develop our joint values of quality and customer focus through its people.”

Epsom Coaches was founded by the Richmond family in 1920.

www.epsomcoaches.com



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