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Coliseum chooses Continental

Since making the decision to specify Continental tyres throughout its vehicle fleet, Coliseum Coaches has been getting better overall tyre performance, and saving money at the same time.

Following an extensive evaluation program on two of its coaches, Coliseum switched to Continental tyres in 2011. As the company runs frequent trips to Scotland, it opted for Continental winter tyres, which provide good grip and higher levels of safety in the winter, but also give good mileage when used all year round. The fleet now runs on Continental HSW2 Coach tyres at the front, and HDW2 Scandinavia variants on the rear.

The Southampton-based coach company – operating a fleet of 12 coaches from Mini to Statesman Corporate –has just taken delivery of three new Neoplan Tourliners, which are already equipped with the now-standard Continental winter tyre specification.

Coliseum is delighted with the savings that have been made thanks to Continental’s products. “In the past, tyres from other manufactures have not given us very good wear patterns, especially on the steer axles,” explains Mark Jordan of Coliseum Coaches.

“Whilst all tyres wear out eventually, the Continental tyres are performing so much better than their predecessors,” adds Mr Jordan. “These tyres are also better value, so it proved a very cost-effective bit of business to select Continental.”

Mr Jordan adds that the tyres seem much better suited to the independent front suspension setup that Coliseum’s Neoplan Tourliner coaches have. “We operate around 120 departures to Scotland all through the year, so about 10 years ago, we switched to drive axle tyres because we got more mileage out of them and much better grip,” he explains. “The Continental Scandinavia drive tyres perform very well, and are very reliable for these journeys.”

Tyre fitting, maintenance and monitoring of the Coliseum fleet is carried out by Conti360° Partner, Tructyre in Winchester, and Mr Jordan also enlists the help of Continental to check tread depths and advise on pressures.

The HSW2 Coach tyre has been designed to cope with slush, ice and tightly packed snow to give superior braking combined with good steering response. The HDW2 Scandinavia is a specialist drive axle tyre to give the kind of traction that no summer tyre can match in wintry conditions.

The latest winter tyres from Continental also provide greater comfort for passengers with low noise levels owing to the optimised tread patterns.

Coliseum Coaches was established in 1949 and currently operates a modern fleet of 12 coaches; all under four years old.

Based in Southampton, Hampshire, the firm is a member of the CPT (Confederation of Passenger Transport UK) and runs three types of coaches, the largest of which can seat up to 53 passengers.

Coliseum Coaches has recently been acquired by Lucketts Holdings, Fareham; An award-winning, family run, coach hire and holiday firm and the parent company of Lucketts Travel, H Luckett & Co and Worthing Coaches. It manages a fleet of over 100 vehicles and employs over 180 employees across Fareham and Worthing. Coliseum Coaches will continue to operate under its own name.