The "Really Good" Bus Company Trent Barton Relies On Britannia Brand to Keep Vehicles Clean


Smith Brothers & Webb’s automated washing system selected by award-winning bus company

Award-winning bus company trentbarton stands out from the crowd in many ways – not least by painting its buses in a range of different brightly-coloured liveries that are a distinctive sight around Nottingham and Derby.
With more than 40 different colour schemes – one for each of the routes it runs – the bus company has created a lively brand and wants to ensure that its buses are seen to their best advantage.
Keeping its buses clean is obviously a top priority for trentbarton which is why it turned to UK manufacturer Smith Brothers & Webb when it needed a new automated wash system at one of its six depots this summer.
Attracted by Smith Brothers & Webb’s reputation for reliability, robustness and excellent wash quality, trentbarton had one of the company’s Britannia Strong models installed at its Langley Mill depot outside Nottingham.
Steve Davy, Group Chief Engineer for trentbarton, said: “Our guys are delighted with the Britannia Strong – it does a proper job, washes the vehicles thoroughly and everybody is impressed with it. It reaches all the nooks and crannies around the bus, including the recess around the number plates at the back.”
“We are really proud of our buses and we want our customers to enjoy their journeys – that’s why we have clean buses, wi-fi, relaxing interiors and comfortable seats.”
“Our buses are washed every night. Nobody likes to see a dirty bus on the road, especially first thing in the morning, and if a bus has dirty windows passengers cannot see out properly.”
“I had experience of Britannia Washing Systems in a previous job and knew they were robust machines which basically did what they were supposed to do.”
“They are British made as well, whereas our other machines are made in Europe and sometimes sourcing parts can be a little bit difficult.”
The bus company has also opted for the peace of mind of a standard service contract from Smith Brothers & Webb which will be undertaken by experienced engineers.
Andy Barracliffe, Director of Britannia Washing Systems, said: “We are delighted to be helping trentbarton to keep their fleet clean and maintain their distinctive image on the road.”
“We look forward to working with them for years to come.”
The Britannia Strong, manufactured at Smith Brothers & Webb’s factory in Alcester, Warwickshire, is a three brush gantry style machine which comes in a variety of sizes up to a maximum wash height of five metres.
It offers both ‘drive-in and drive-out’ and ‘drive-in and reverse-out’ operations and is equipped with horizontal brush control incorporating artic jump, back off, back on and draw bar trailer functions,
The Britannia brand of automated washing systems was launched 70 years ago for trains and today it has a world-wide reputation for reliability, engineering excellence and unsurpassed wash quality.
Smith Brothers & Webb produce wash systems for bus, coach, trains and commercial vehicles and sell world-wide, exporting to more than 30 countries.

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