A joint initiative between Torbay Grammar School & Carmel Coaches has resulted in a new school bus service commencing in September, linking Exeter & Kennford to Torbay Grammar Schools. The service will cater for pupils in several parts of Exeter, along with Kennford & Newton Abbot. Full details with timetables and prices will be posted shortly on our school bus services page, but for enrolment for this September, we suggest phoning our office on 01392 214466 and we will mail the information out.
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From September 2013, we will be operating a new school bus service from Alphington (New Inn) to Clyst Vale College in Broadclyst. It enables pupils from this area of Exeter to travel direct to/from the school, without the need of having to use existing service bus routes, which require a vehicle change at the Bus Station. This means passengers making this journey get a shorter, cheaper journey to school. We are interested in opening this up further in future, so if you are a parent in the Western area of Exeter (Alphington/St. Thomas/Exwick/Ide/etc) and considering sending your child to Clyst Vale, then our service will make the transport aspect a lot easier.
Unfortunately in the early hours of May 13th, our friends at Western Greyhound were victim to what appears to be an arson attack at their premises in Newquay. 35 vehicles (third of their fleet) were destroyed in the attack. Part of their business continuity plan was to draft in buses from operators and dealers to ensure continuity of their service whilst they look towards finding permanent replacements for the destroyed vehicles. Carmel were happy to help, by lending two Mercedes Plaxton Beavers SF51 PVU and WP52 YZA. Both vehicles are now in regular service in Cornwall every day.
We are currently planning the transport for a large event for Original Sin Events. On the 8th June 2013, 3000 students will descend on Shobrooke Park near Crediton for the annual Original Sin Summer Ball. The events company, formed by two former Exeter Uni students have used Carmel for all their local transport needs since 2009. This will be their largest project to date, which will involve 30 coaches operating shuttles from the University campus to the event location close to Crediton.
Always nice to log in to outlook in the morning and receive emails like this:
Just a note to thank you for the part that you and your drivers played during the rail replacement blockade between Plymouth-Liskeard/St Austell last week.
Overall, I am pleased to inform you that the service went very well, with very few issues. This is down in part to the helpfulness of your drivers. My customer, First Great Western, has also expressed it’s thanks for the good service we provided.
On speaking with my staff working on the job, and from my own observations, Carmel Coaches stood out amongst the other operators for the helpfulness of your drivers.
I’d be grateful if you could pass on my thanks to all of those in your organisation who were involved in delivering the service.