IN ITS 10-year life its rollers travelled more than 1,850 miles and completed almost 100,000 washes, but now the giant coach wash at Lucketts Travel Group’s Hampshire headquarters has retired.
The private hire and coach holiday firm has spent £30,000 on a new wash for its fleet of more than 100 luxury vehicles.
The new wash not only keeps the coaches sparkling but also uses the latest technology to save water.
Mark Jordan, the company’s group engineering director, said: ‘In the past 10 years, our old machine completed 98,000 washes and rolled the equivalent of 3,000 kilometres.
‘As a result of this investment, we now reuse 60 per cent of water when washing our coaches which dramatically cuts our water use and saves us money.
‘It works by reclaiming the water through the underground draining drainage system and then pumps it back into the wash to use again.’
Lucketts Travel Group has its headquarters at Broadcut, Fareham, where it has been since 1926.
The new coach wash is part of an investment plan that has also seen £2.3m spent on new vehicles since the start of the year, plus the addition of staff at all levels of the business.
Joint managing director Steve Luckett said: ‘Investing in a new coach wash may not sound as important as spending more than £2m on new coaches, but we think it is. We are known for our high levels of customer service, as well as for our safety and reliability.
‘Having a clean coach for our customers – whether they are staff using our coaches to get to work or holiday customers heading to Europe – is an important part of that.
‘It is also part of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure those journeys run smoothly.’
Lucketts Travel Group employs almost 300 staff and its vehicles carry more than a million passengers each year.