Edwards Coaches is opening a new multi-million pound depot in Avonmouth following it being awarded a ten year National Express contract to run services in the south west of England. The operator is seeking to recruit 100 drivers as well as five engineers, five supervisors, five customer service personnel and five administrative staff for the new site, which is currently under construction. Once completed, it will have engineering workshop facilities, a fully automated coach wash, re-fuelling facilities, offices and parking. The first of a £12m fleet of new coaches is to roll out from the site on 1 May 2017. Coaches will run across the south west, to London and Gatwick Airport, as far north as Grimsby and Nottingham and Rugby in the Midlands.
Edwards Coaches boss, Jason Edwards, said, ‘It is no secret Bristol is one of the best cities in the UK and it’s really exciting to be establishing a base here, the whole team is champing at the bit to get started. It’s particularly fantastic to be in a position where we are looking for so many new staff and there’s going to be a real buzz at the new depot because everyone will be joining the family all at the same time. It’s a really great opportunity to get in on a successful venture from day one and, for the driving roles, to get behind the wheel of the highest specification vehicles in the industry. We can’t wait to welcome people on board.’