NatWest helps Merseyside bus operator upgrade fleet

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NatWest helps Merseyside bus operator upgrade fleet

Merseyside bus and coach operator Huyton Travel Ltd has invested £800k to purchase eight new fuel efficient vehicles after securing funding from NatWest and Lombard, the bank’s asset finance arm.

The new Optare Solo buses are replacements for older vehicles in the company’s fleet and are capable of achieving significantly more miles per gallon.

The family-owned business, which was established in 1985 by John Yates, is today owned and run by his sons Paul and John Yates Jnr. Huyton Travel operates a fleet of 80 vehicles and provides commercial and tendered bus services on behalf of Merseytravel in Liverpool Knowsley and Sefton.

Huyton Travel also provides disabled and school transport services for several local authorities including Halton, Knowsley and Sefton. The business employs 140 staff and has a turnover of more than £4m.

Julie Thistlewaite from NatWest commercial bank and Andrew Thrower from Lombard in St Helens provided the funding. Julie, a Senior Relationship Manager at NatWest, said:

"Huyton Travel’s forward looking approach is one of the reasons why they have been successful for over 25 years. The directors’ are committed to improving the services they offer and we are pleased to be able to help them upgrade their fleet."

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