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Donegal based bus company sign €4m ten coach deal with Volvo

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This new deal, worth over €4 million, will see the family-run company based in Magheroarty, County Donegal, add ten new custom built Volvo coaches to their fleet in the Spring.

It is one of the largest individual custom orders Volvo will undertake this year, and is seen as a major commitment by the Donegal firm to improving the standards of independent local and national transport services.

Offering the latest in style, safety and comfort, these new vehicles will also be a greener way to travel with significantly less emissions thanks to the modern technology used.

Speaking of the new deal, Managing Director James McGinley said it is a signal of their commitment to offering top quality travel for all their passengers, while still being environmentally responsible as they look to the future.

“We are delighted to have signed this deal with Volvo and add such top quality coaches to our fleet.

“Our investment will also help reduce emissions that will help contribute to cleaner air for all our communities, as well as an improved journey experience to our growing number of customers.”

“Donegal might be the forgotten county in some aspects but we want to make sure it’s not when it comes to the best in public transport.

“We regularly invest in new technology and want to ensure we play our role in road safety and helping protect our environment,” he added.

Built on Volvo’s new B13R chassis to add fuel savings of up to nine per cent, the order comprises seven 13.1m 4×2 and three 14m 6×2 models, with 55 and 61 passenger seats respectively.

The 9700s are powered by the fuel-efficient Euro-6 D13K engine, producing up to 500hp and a peak torque of 1,585 Nm, reducing running costs and CO2 emissions.

The 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission combines smooth and precise gearshifts with high average speeds and outstanding driveability.

Founded by John McGinley in 1968, the company now has a fleet of 30 vehicles including coaches, mini coaches and minibuses and employs a staff of over 40.

They offer private hire as well as daily scheduled services between Donegal and Dublin, including Dublin Airport, and regular service between Donegal and Glasgow.

They also run JMG Travel, operating luxury coach tours across Ireland and Europe, as well as JMG Cruise that specialise in ‘no fly’ cruise ship holidays to a variety of destinations.

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