The coach business of Ashall’s of Manchester has been transferred in a lightning-fast deal to Go Goodwins, leaving Ashalls free to concentrate on its coach conversion business.
Go Goodwins Director Wesley Goodwin, a friend of James Ashall, said the offer to sell came at just the right time for him, so the three coaches, drivers and manager Lee Walker transferred to Go Goodwin’s 18-vehicle fleet within just a few days.
‘Lee had mentioned James might be willing to sell while getting an MoT,’ said Wesley. ‘I’m really pleased we could do the deal so quickly, and pleased for Ashall’s staff. We now have three coaches, the drivers, contracts and the phone number, which we’ve been able to mix in with the rest of our fleet very nicely.’
Mr Goodwin explained that Ashalls was running a fleet of 20 vehicles a year ago, and has significantly downsized, ‘But they’re now getting more enquiries than they have vehicles, so it works well for both of us.’
The coaches include the Irizar PB Scania which was once the England football team coach, and is currently carrying the South African cricket team. The others are a Caetano Levante and Plaxton Panther, both of which will be back at Ashalls in due course to get the Ashalls 70-seat treatment.
Go Goodwins Coaches has a variety of coach work, including significant work with sports teams, private hire, its own daytrip programme and schools contract work. It also has a thriving bus services division.