Monthly Archives: May 2004


A winning approach

It was the customer-focused approach that resulted in the new Custom Coaches CB50 (HCL) Scania being awarded the 2004 Bus of the Show.

Russell and Mathew Neville from Sussex Bus went to Custom Coaches with a lot of requirements – a DDA compliant wheelchair accessible route bus, for a start, plus a high capacity school/charter vehicle with under floor luggage space, to boot.

What they got was all of this and more in one practical package. The Custom Coaches CB50 High Capacity Lowfloor (HCL), built on the proven Scania L94UB chassis, houses 54 McConnell seat-belted Educator seats and two wheelchair positions.

There are internal luggage racks, plus through-bin storage under the floor. To maximise passenger comfort, Denso provides a lightweight LD8 air-conditioning unit, while there are dual flip down plasma screens. The entrance is via a twin glide SMC door with a carbon fibre/balsa composite wheelchair ramp.

The result is a multi-purpose vehicle that meets the specific needs of the operator – a bus built from listening to the customer.

Click here to visit the CB50 page and see the new Sussex vehicle.