SMITH BROTHERS & WEBB PUTS THE SPARKLE INTO METROLINE

Manufacturer’s Britannia brand of automated washing machines keeps bus fleet clean
 
Smith Brothers & Webb is helping a bus company which has ambitions to be the best provider in London to make an impression on passengers by keeping its buses sparklingly clean.

The UK-based manufacturer has installed one of its renowned Britannia brand of automated washing systems at bus company Metroline’s garage in Willesden Junction, Middlesex and has orders for another three more in the pipeline.

All are for Britannia Streamline drive-through machine which are capable of washing up to 80 buses an hour, from mini-buses to double deckers, in any order of presentation, making them ideally suited for busy fleets.

Smith Brothers & Webb are also supplying eight of their specialist Reverse Osmosis water-softening systems that ensure that Britannia’s unsurpassed washing quality is achieved even in areas which have hard water, such as London. Hard water often leaves unsightly streak marks on windows after washing.

Metroline, who were voted London’s Number One Bus Company recently, are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based group ComfortDelGro Group, operates more than 1,680 buses in London, mostly for public bus routes, carrying around 720,000 passengers a day, and its mission statement is “to be the best in the capital”.

Andy Barracliffe, Director of Britannia Washing Systems, said: “Keeping buses clean is obviously important if you want to attract more passengers – no operator wants to project a tatty image with grubby bodywork and grimy windows.

“Smith Brothers & Webb is renowned for providing unsurpassed wash quality with its Britannia automated washing machines and I am delighted that Metroline has chosen us to supply it with new machines in three depots.

Following the successful installation of the Britannia Streamline at Willesden Junction, another three will be installed for Metroline in Alperton, Uxbridge and Perivale Vanguard London.
 
All of the Britannia range is manufactured in the UK at Smith Brothers & Webb’s headquarters in Alcester, Warwickshire. The company is going from strength to strength following a large order book in 2015 and orders coming in from all around the world, including Australia, Hong Kong, India, the Middle East and Europe.

It produces a range of machines for washing trains, trams, buses, coaches, commercial vehicles and public service vehicles such as refuse trucks and road sweepers. One of Smith Brothers & Webb’s strengths is that it can tailor machines to suit customer requirements.

This year the company also launched a number of new initiatives, including its own range of wash chemicals.
 
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